vSphere6.5 vCenter HA Configuration and vCenter Fail Over

First of  all, there are a few prerequisites that are required before your configure VCHA

  1. A dedicated port group for HA traffic preferably on a separate VLAN
  2. A Range of IP addresses from the subnet / VLAN define above
  3. A Minumum of 3 ESXi hosts in the cluster that will contain the vCenter, Peer, and Witness as the configuration creates some anti affinity rules that separate out the machines.

I have a MGMT Cluster called AMP-Core will host all my MGMT VMS. I have created a Port Group with a dedicated VLAN 103 on each host. and my Address range will be 192.168.103.x – I only need 3 address from this range to configure VCHA one each for

  1. VCSA
  2. VCSA Peer
  3. VCSA Witness

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To Start the HA configuration

Click on the vCenter Marked “1” on the graphic below. The Configure Tab and finally on the Configure button.

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Select Basic

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Specify an IP address and Mask from the VCHA subnet as discussed previously. – See Prerequisite number 2 above.

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Specify an IP address for the peer and witness VM that will be deployed as part of this process. Again choose from the HA subnet.

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Click Next and select VM Host and Datastore placement and ensure all compatibility checks are validated with out fail.

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Click next to see an overview of configuration.

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Click Finish to complete.

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Once Complete. Replication begins

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Replication is completed

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Initiate Failover.

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During HA Failover.

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When I refreshed the browser during failover.

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Failover took about 5 mins total – Notice the Active Node has changed as expected.

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