How to move ESXi/ESX host from one vCenter Server to another
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How to move ESXi/ESX host from one vCenter Server to another


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VMware vCenter Server VMware vSphere ESXi


This article provides instructions to move a managed ESXi/ESX host from one vCenter Server to another vCenter Server.
Considerations prior to migration:


VMware ESXi 4.1.x Installable
VMware ESX 4.0.x
VMware vSphere ESXi 5.1
VMware vCenter Server 4.0.x
VMware vSphere ESXi 6.7
VMware ESX Server 3.0.x
VMware VirtualCenter 2.5.x
VMware vSphere ESXi 5.0
VMware ESX 4.1.x
VMware ESXi 4.0.x Installable
VMware ESXi 3.5.x Installable
VMware ESXi 4.0.x Embedded
VMware vSphere ESXi 6.0
VMware vCenter Server 4.1.x
VMware vCenter Server 7.0.x
VMware ESXi 4.1.x Embedded
VMware ESX Server 3.5.x
VMware vCenter Server 5.0.x
VMware vSphere ESXi 7.0.0
VMware vCenter Server 6.5.x
VMware vSphere ESXi 6.5
VMware vCenter Server 5.1.x
VMware vCenter Server 5.5.x
VMware vCenter Server 6.0.x
VMware VirtualCenter 2.0.x
VMware ESXi 3.5.x Embedded
VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5


To move an ESXi/ESX host from one vCenter Server to another, remove the host from the vCenter Server then add the host to a new vCenter Server. This operation does not affect the state of any virtual machines running on the ESXi/ESX as long as the prerequisites are met. The historical performance data of both the ESXi/ESX and its virtual machines will be purged.

For vSphere 7.0 version please see:

Remove host from vCenter Server in 7.0
Add host to vCenter Server 7.0

For vSphere 6.5 and 6.7 versions please see:

Removing the ESXi/ESX host from the vCenter Server

To remove the ESXi/ESX host from vCenter Server:

  1. Click Inventory.
  2. Expand the Inventory as needed, and click the appropriate managed host.
  3. Right-click the managed host icon in the inventory panel and select Disconnect (wait for the task to complete).
  4. Right-click the managed host icon in the Inventory panel and select Remove.
  5. Click Yes to confirm that you want to remove the managed host and all its associated virtual machines.

Adding the ESXi/ESX host to a new vCenter Server

To add the ESXi/ESX host to a new vCenter Server:

  1. Connect the vSphere Client or vSphere Web Client to the new vCenter Server.
  2. Click Inventory in the navigation bar.
  3. Expand the Inventory as needed and click the appropriate datacenter or cluster.
  4. Click File > New > Add Host.
  5. In the first page of the Add Host wizard, enter the name or IP address of the managed host in the Host name field.
  6. Enter the username and password for a user account that has administrative privileges on the selected managed host.
  7. Click Next.


Additional Information

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