7 Replies Latest reply on Jul 16, 2020 10:36 PM by SrVMwarer

    Vcenter HA primary VCSA down

    insearchof Hot Shot

      Running Vcenter 6.7 cluster and HA  with 4 ESXI hosts

       

      Today my NFS storage crashed and my VCSA primary was on that datastore.

      The Data on the drive is good I can access the files from my computer.

      I see a lot of .lck files in the folders of the VM's

       

      1. It continues  to try to migrate and fails.

      2. How can I recover the Primary VCSA?

       

      The Witness and Passive VCSA are still operational.

       

      Any thoughts on what I can do?

       

      Thank you

       

      Tom

        • 1. Re: Vcenter HA primary VCSA down
          Abhilashhb Virtuoso
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          One way to do it is to break the cluster, have a standalone VC and the reconfigure it.

           

          Recovering from Isolated vCenter HA Nodes

           

          Also, look at this link : Resolving Failover Failures

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          • 2. Re: Vcenter HA primary VCSA down
            ManojKhowal Lurker

            Hi,

             

            Login on any ESXi server where datastore is accessible and import vm from storage location.

            • 3. Re: Vcenter HA primary VCSA down
              insearchof Hot Shot

              My active node is down can not start it at all.

              From vcenter I can not access any of the files on the datastore where this vm resided

              I only can access them from my computer.

               

              Can I restore just the active node?

               

              I disable Ha on the vcenter

               

               

              So how can I restore my active node?

              • 4. Re: Vcenter HA primary VCSA down
                bewe Expert

                why restore ? if the active node goes down the witness initiated a failover to the passive, so the passive is the new active.

                just look if your vcsa with "-passive" in the name has the active role. if so just destroy ha and reenable it

                • 5. Re: Vcenter HA primary VCSA down
                  insearchof Hot Shot

                  Bewe

                   

                  Yes I understand that when the active node goes down the witness triggers a failover to the passive Node which is what happened.

                   

                  My question is how do I rebuild the active node VM?

                   

                  Currently the active node that failed has been removed from inventory because it was on a corrupt datastore.

                   

                  I need to know how to rebuld that VM

                   

                  currently I only have the witness and passive nodes up and running

                   

                  need to create the third Node

                   

                  the error on vcenter is

                   

                  Center HA cluster has lost a node. Verify if the Passive node with IP address 10.14.10.15 is up and reachable.

                   

                   

                  Thanks

                  Tom

                  • 6. Re: Vcenter HA primary VCSA down
                    bewe Expert

                    and ? have you checked that the passive 10.14.10.15 is accessible ?

                    are you able to login to vcenter although the old active is lost ? that means that the passive is now the active one

                    just destroy vcha (with deletion of witness) and reconfigure vcha.

                    you dont need to recover the vm - the deploy process creates all necessary vm for you

                    • 7. Re: Vcenter HA primary VCSA down
                      SrVMwarer Enthusiast

                      I had it before so with me I created a new dir and moved every .lck to it,  then go ahead and power on your VM

                       

                      insane additional step after powering the primary on, I destroyed VCHA and rebuild it again