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Best practice location for vcenter

I have been going back and forth with this. I have a 4 hosts cluster and 3 of them only has vsan storage and the last one has local storage and vsan. Vcenter right now is in the local storage of that server. I want to move it to the vsan but I heard it is a bad idea. I can’t really run HA because I don’t have any server that has local storage. What should I do?


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  1. >last one has local storage and vsan

    Different controllers? `This is only supported on a single controller if the local storage is only used for scratch, logging, and coredumps.`

    >vCenter right now is in the local storage of that server. I want to move it to the vsan but I heard it is a bad idea.

    In your particular scenario, this is the worst possible idea for a vCenter that’s nested within the cluster it manages. Who and what has convinced you that vSAN is a bad place for your vCenter?

    >I can’t really run HA because I don’t have any server that has local storage. What should I do?

    You have 4 hosts with vSAN, thus shared storage. Nothing is preventing you from running HA.

  2. Do you back up your servers? Is it absolutely dependent on vCenter to restore the server in case of a corruption in your storage?

    If you back up the vCenter server regularly and can restore it from backup, then you don’t really have anything to fear from the potential of a datastore corruption taking out your vCenter VM, do you?

    If you don’t back it up or can’t perform a restore due to the catch-22 of it being offline, take care of that problem and then your other one won’t be a problem any longer.

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