To avoid data loss and maintain the SDDC components operational, you follow the specified order when shutting down the management virtual machines.


  • Verify that you have complete backups of all management components.

  • Verify that the management virtual machines are not running on snapshots.

  • If a vSphere Storage APIs for Data Protection (VADP) based backup solution is running on the management clusters, verify that the solution is properly shut down by following the vendor guidance.

  • To decrease the startup time before you shut down the management virtual machines, migrate the management domain vCenter Server instance to the first ESXi host in the first cluster in the management domain.