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  • 1.  Auto-shutdown of VMs in update manager

    Posted Jan 13, 2010 02:59 PM

    Is there a way to automatically shutdown the VMs as part of update manager? We have our VMs configured to auto-shutdown/startup with the host. But when we apply an ESX patch bundle using update manager, it waits for us to manually shut them down before putting the host into maintenance mode.

    Any way to automate that? Thanks!



  • 2.  RE: Auto-shutdown of VMs in update manager
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    Posted Jan 13, 2010 03:08 PM


    But when we apply an ESX patch bundle using update manager, it waits for us to manually shut them down before putting the host into maintenance mode.

    No. Wha every fails to realize is ESX is an enterprise product, it should be used with vMotion. So update manager is designed to make this maintenance easier and pain free, so if you have shared storage, your VM's will migrate to another host, maintenance gets done, and the VM's move back.

    Basically ESX is a hands off environment. I know everyone can't afford a SAN, but ESX is targeted at those larger enterprise systems that DO have SAN.

    So by performing a patch, we are now back to the Windows stand alone server days where you did EACH server, even manually doing a power off / shut down of EACH VM is STILL easier than doing this 1 by 1 on EACH physical host.

    So consider that it may not be the best option it's not that hard to select ALL the powered on VM's and click "shut down guest". Besides which if you plan for an outage, you can shutdown the VM's remotely (if they are windows) by use of a shutdown script.

    There are many options for this, but there is no shut down VM before update, you have to do it manually.



  • 3.  RE: Auto-shutdown of VMs in update manager

    Posted Jan 13, 2010 04:30 PM

    Thanks for the info. I knew it would be smoother with vmotion and a SAN...maybe someday :smileyhappy:

    But for now, it's still a very helpful tool. I have another related question, but I'll start a new thread. Thanks!