Verify that when placing an ESXi host into maintenance mode all virtual machines running on the host are evacuated and the host enters maintenance mode without further user interaction.

Placing each ESXi host into maintenance mode ensures that network connectivity between ESXi hosts is operational and that vMotion is configured correctly.

Expected Outcome

All virtual machines running on the ESXi host are migrated with vMotion to another ESXi host in the cluster. When vMotion completes, the ESXi host enters maintenance mode.

Procedure

  1. Log in to vCenter Server by using the vSphere Client.
    1. Open a Web browser and go to https://sfo01m01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local/ui.
    2. Log in using the following credentials.
      Setting Value
      User name administrator@vsphere.local
      Password vsphere_admin_password
  2. Navigate to the ESXi host.
    1. From the Home menu, select Hosts and Clusters.
    2. In the Navigator pane, expand the sfo01m01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local>sfo01-m01dc>sfo01-m01-mgmt01 inventory tree.
    3. Click the sfo01m01esx01.sfo01.rainpole.local ESXi host.
  3. Put the ESXi host into maintenance mode.
    1. Right-click the ESXi host and select Maintenance Mode > Enter Maintenance Mode.
    2. In the Enter Maintenance Mode dialog box, leave the default option Ensure accessibility for vSAN data migration, and click OK.

    Virtual machines are migrated to different hosts when the host enters maintenance mode.

    The host remains in maintenance mode until you select Exit Maintenance Mode.

  4. Right-click the ESXi host and select Maintenance Mode > Exit Maintenance Mode.
  5. Repeat the procedure for the remaining ESXi hosts from all the vCenter Servers.

What to do next

If you encounter issues while performing this procedure, use the following troubleshooting tips:

Troubleshooting Tips

  • Ensure that the ESXi host has a VMkernel port configured for vMotion and a static IP address is assigned.

  • Ensure that there is a network connectivity between ESXi hosts by running the vmkping command.