vCLS VMs are always powered-on because vSphere DRS depends on the availability of these VMs. These VMs should be treated as system VMs. No operations are blocked on vCLS VMs, however any disruptive operation can result in failure of vSphere DRS. To avoid failure of cluster services, avoid performing any configuration or operations on the vCLS VMs.

Operations that might disrupt the healthy functioning of vCLS VMs:

  • Changing the power state of the vCLS VMs
  • Resource reconfiguration of the vCLS VMs such as changing CPU, Memory, Disk size, Disk placement
  • VM encryption
  • Triggering vMotion of the vCLS VMs
  • Changing the BIOS
  • Removing the vCLS VMs from the inventory
  • Deleting the vCLS VMs from disk
  • Enabling FT of vCLS VMs
  • Cloning vCLS VMs
  • Configuring PMem
  • Moving vCLS VM to a different folder
  • Renaming the vCLS VMs
  • Renaming the vCLS folders
  • Enabling DRS rules and overrides on vCLS VMs
  • Enabling HA admission control policy on vCLS VMs
  • Enabling HA overrides on vCLS VMs
  • Moving vCLS VMs to a resource pool
  • Recovering vCLS VMs from a snapshot

When you perform any disruptive operation on the vCLS VMs, a warning dialog box appears.

Troubleshooting:

The health of vCLS VMs, including power state, is managed by EAM and WCP services. In case of power on failure of vCLS VMs, or if the first instance of DRS for a cluster is skipped due to lack of quorum of vCLS VMs, a banner appears in the cluster summary page along with a link to a Knowledge Base article to help troubleshoot the error state.

Because vCLS VMs are treated as system VMs, you do not need to backup or snapshot these VMs. The health state of these VMs is managed by vCenter services.