4 Replies Latest reply on Jan 22, 2020 10:41 AM by Arjun_G

    Esxi Host Migration to New vCenter

    DDinu Novice

      Am trying to migrate Esxi host from one vCenter to another vCenter

       

      Backup vDS from Source vCenter with Port Group Identifiers

      Import the backed up vDS on New vCenter

      Disconnect the host from Old vCenter and then connect them in new vCenter and add to imported vDS

       

      Am trying to do all the above using powercli, I was able to export and import vDS with no issues.

      I was able to disconnect the host from old vCenter and add it to new vCenter

      When I saw virtual switch on the esxi host it seems like it has reference of vDS from old vCenter. When I try to add to vDS on the new vCenter it works if I do it manually. But if I do it with powercli it throws back host is already added to switch. Any idea how do I do this ?

       

       

      Command -->

      $dest_vds =  Get-VDSwitch -Location $datacenter -Server $newvc -ErrorAction Stop

      $dest_vds | Add-VDSwitchVMHost -VMHost (Get-VMHost -Name $esxi -Server $newvcenter) -ErrorAction Stop

       

      $dest_vds  -> vDS on new vCenter

      Error --> Add-VDSwitchVMHost : 01/21/2020 22:17:47 Add-VDSwitchVMHost VMHost 'labesxihost.labtzu.com' is already added to VDSwitch 'Lab-Fx-SWT'

        • 1. Re: Esxi Host Migration to New vCenter
          LucD Guru
          User ModeratorsCommunity WarriorsvExpert

          Did you try removing the ESXi node temporarily from the VDS with the Remove-VDSwitchVMHost cmdlet in the source vCenter?

          Blog: http://lucd.info | Twitter: @LucD22 | PowerCLI Reference co-author: http://tinyurl.com/hkn4glz
          • 2. Re: Esxi Host Migration to New vCenter
            DDinu Novice

            Nope, I have some running Virtual Machines and we need this to be an live migration.

            • 3. Re: Esxi Host Migration to New vCenter
              LucD Guru
              Community WarriorsvExpertUser Moderators

              And you can't vMotion these VMs to another ESXi node for the time of the migration?

              Blog: http://lucd.info | Twitter: @LucD22 | PowerCLI Reference co-author: http://tinyurl.com/hkn4glz
              • 4. Re: Esxi Host Migration to New vCenter
                Arjun_G Lurker

                The steps I have followed to move ESXi from old vcenter to New vCenter.

                 

                1)If you have redundant NICs to pass the traffic, please remove one vmnic and add that NIC to standard switch.

                 

                #Migrating vmnic from vDS to vSS

                $vmhost | Get-VirtualSwitch -name $vss_name | Add-VirtualSwitchPhysicalNetworkAdapter -VMHostPhysicalNic $vmnic1 -Confirm:$false

                 

                2)Create pg on standard switch and migrate the VMs from vDS to standard switch

                 

                #Adding new vSS

                Get-VirtualSwitch -VMHost $vmhost -Name vSwitch1 | New-VirtualPortGroup -Name vmpg_100 -VLanId 100

                #Migrating management network

                $mgmt_name = "Management_vLAN208"

                $mgmt_vmk = Get-VMHostNetworkAdapter -VMHost $vmhost -Name "vmk0"

                $mgmt_pg = New-VirtualPortGroup -VirtualSwitch $vss -Name $mgmt_name -VLanId 208

                $vmhost | Get-VirtualSwitch -name $vss_name | Add-VirtualSwitchPhysicalNetworkAdapter -VMHostPhysicalNic $vmnic3 -VMHostVirtualNic $mgmt_vmk -VirtualNicPortgroup $mgmt_pg -Confirm:$false

                # migration/edit of VM port group VDS to VSS

                Get-vmhost $vmhost  | Get-VM |Get-NetworkAdapter |Where {$_.NetworkName -eq $Oldpg_100} |Set-NetworkAdapter -NetworkName $Newpg_100 -Confirm:$false

                 

                3)Remove redundant vmnic on vDS and then remove vDS switch attached to the ESXi host

                 

                #After checking no VMs on any port groups please remove redundant NICs

                $vmhost | Get-VirtualSwitch -name $vss_name | Add-VirtualSwitchPhysicalNetworkAdapter -VMHostPhysicalNic $vmnic2 -Confirm:$false

                 

                4)Disconnect the host in old vCenter and add it back the host in New vCenter.

                 

                Set-VMHost -VMHost $vmhost -state Disconnected

                 

                5)Attach the distributed switch to the ESXi host in New vcenter and add only one vmnic

                 

                $gz_vds = Get-VDSwitch "dvSwitch-MCOM-Ops2-V5-GreenZone"

                $gz_vds | Add-VDSwitchVMHost -VMHost $vmhost

                #migrating vSS to vDS vmnic0

                $gz_vmhostNetworkAdapter = get-vmhost -Name $vmhost | Get-VMHostNetworkAdapter -Physical -Name vmnic0

                $gz_vds | Add-VDSwitchPhysicalNetworkAdapter -VMHostNetworkAdapter $gz_vmhostNetworkAdapter

                 

                6)Move VMs to new vCenter vDS and once the migration is done, delete the vmnic in vSS and add back to vDS.

                 

                Get-vmhost $vmhost  | Get-VM |Get-NetworkAdapter |Where {$_.NetworkName -eq $Oldpg_100} |Set-NetworkAdapter -NetworkName $Newpg_100 -Confirm:$false