3 Replies Latest reply on Oct 12, 2018 6:21 AM by TheBobkin


    ferexderta Novice

      I have 5 ESXi server with vsan .  vCenter Server is not hosted in the vSAN cluster,  now I want to power off all vsan esxi server. how I can power off the ESXi server. Is there a special  method for vsan ESXi power off ?

        • 1. Re: vsan
          TheBobkin Master
          vExpertVMware Employees

          Hello ferexderta,



          Make sure 'Data' check in vSAN is Health is green - check there is no resync.

          Power-off all VMs running on the nodes.

          Place all nodes in Maintenance-Mode (MM) with 'No Action' one at a time - this is generally the only time that MM with 'NA' is advisable (e.g. while running on back-up power during a cut, cut incoming or moving house).

          Power them down from Web Client and connect via out-of-band-management to confirm they went down cold.

          Wait until all nodes are back-up and connected to vCenter before taking them out of MM and take all out of MM within a few minutes.

          Shutting Down and Restarting the vSAN Cluster

          Do you mean that your vCenter is not stored on the vsanDatastore or not registered on a node in this cluster? If not stored on vsanDatastore but running on one of these hosts then place this one in MM last from CLI or host-client and power off and on hosts from CLI or host-client.




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          • 2. Re: vsan
            ferexderta Novice

            Vcenter is not work on  vsan cluster . vcenter is working another cluster. i have one vcenter with vsan cluster and another cluster so @i have one vsan cluster. Now I don't understand in this infrastructure . can I shut down or restart (reboot) any vsan ESXi host using the vSphere Client like right click then shut down or reboot?

            • 3. Re: vsan
              TheBobkin Master
              VMware EmployeesvExpert

              Hello ferexderta



              Looks like you are using the C#/Thick Client - generally advise managing vSAN clusters via the Web Client(s) as you won't see the options for Maintenance-Mode options in the C# Client (it uses MM Ensure Accesibility by default).


              "Now I don't understand in this infrastructure . can I shut down or restart (reboot) any vsan ESXi host using the vSphere Client like right click then shut down or reboot?"

              What are you trying to achieve here?

              As I said above, if you are planning on taking the entire cluster offline for a reason (e.g. moving/re-racking the servers) this would be the only case where you would need to use Maintenance-Mode 'No Action' option and power off all hosts in the vSAN cluster as you said above "now I want to power off all vsan esxi server".

              If you are just doing maintenance or updates/upgrades of vSAN nodes you can do this without VM down-time by doing them one by one with Maintenance-Mode 'Ensure Accessibility' option - allowing the data to resync between or use 'Full Data Migration' option to ensure failures-to-tolerate is maintained during maintenance windows (but this takes longer as it has to move data off nodes).

              Do always use a Maintenance-Mode though (and consistently), don't just right-click and power-off/reboot hosts - each host in your cluster has a chunk of your vsanDatastore storage on it, you need to ensure you are not going to cause unavailability.

              Place a Member of vSAN Cluster in Maintenance Mode




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