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HOL-1828-01: VxRail One Click Shutdown

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VxRail Cluster shutdown process

The VxRail Manager Shut Down Cluster feature provides users a graceful shutdown for the entire cluster with just a few clicks. The procedure supports VxRail v4.x appliance. During the shutdown procedure, VxRail Manager provides detailed error messages with links to appropriate knowledge base articles if there are any problems.

In production environments it is HIGHLY recommended that the Administrator gracefully shutdown all client VMs before performing this procedure. VxRail Manager will shut down all VMs managed by VxRail manager in the cluster.

Suspension of Alerts

If you do not Supress alerts, you will receive a large quantity of false positive alert notifcations during the maintenance activities.  Cluster monitoring changes to Suppress mode.  This is useful for for scheduled maintenance changes.  Suppress mode can also be enabled manually.

In this lab Suppress Cluster Monitor mode is on. You will not see alerts.

If you do not turn off Suppress Mode notification the process will prompt you to do so during your maintenance tasks. During the node shutdown, the cluster health status monitoring is disabled. Currently this VxRail has enabled this feature for demonstration.

Let's review the process to shutdown your VxRail Appliance.

Steps to Shut down

This part of the lab is presented as a Hands-on Labs Interactive Simulation. This will allow you to experience steps which are too time-consuming or resource intensive to do live in the lab environment. In this simulation, you can use the software interface as if you are interacting with a live environment.

Selecting the Shut Down button starts the shutdown process right away. It first runs System Diagnostics. A good practice would be to run the System Diagnostic before a shutdown especially if you have a planned outage so you can check the environment before the designated shutdown.

The orange boxes show where to click, and the left and right arrow keys can also be used to move through the simulation in either direction.

The next 2 steps have been done for you already.

  1. Open a supported browser and navigate to the IP of VxRail Manager.  This is done for your
  2. In the left panel, click CONFIG and navigate to the General page


3. Click the Scroll down the page until you see the Shut Down Cluster option.

4. Click Shut Down. You will be using VxRail Manager to Shut Down the entire cluster.

A box shows the following message: “Confirm to shut down the cluster. VMs and services will shutdown automatically.”

 5. Click Confirm to start cluster shut down process.

A pre-check will verify the hosts the cluster are in a healthy state ready for shutdown.

  • No nodes are in Maintenance Mode
  • No upgrades are in progress.
  • All VMs are shutdown - a validation message will appear in production environments to ensure the administrator has shutdown their Virtual Machines prior to shutdown.

The VxRail Appliance will go through a diagnostic check first to ensure the system can be safely shutdown.  If it passes, you can proceed.  If it does not pass, you may need to take action and either cancel or retry the action.

6. Click Shutdown

The pop-up window will allow you to Monitor shutdown command in progress.

7. When the task is completed click Close.

You have completed the Interactive Simulation for the VxRail One Click Shutdown Story

Please proceed to the Conclusion of the VxRail One Click Shutdown Story.

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