If the vCenter Server system failed and you had to recover or reinstall it together with VSA Manager, the VSA cluster is still running but is no longer registered with vCenter Server and VSA Manager. You can use the VSA Installer wizard to recover the running VSA cluster. Recovering the VSA cluster in VSA Manager does not make changes to the cluster.

Verify that the environment meets the VSA cluster recovery prerequisites.

The IP addresses of the ESXi hosts did not change

The VSA virtual machines are still running

All ESXi hosts in the cluster have the same root password

vCenter Server 5.0 is installed on the same or different computer

The database of the failed vCenter Server is not restored

Install VSA Manager with the new vCenter Server 5.0 installation.

Create a new datacenter in vCenter Server. The datacenter name must not be VSADC as the VSA cluster recovery workflow creates a datacenter with that name. If a datacenter with the VSADC name exists, the recovery fails.


In the vSphere Client, select the new datacenter, and select the VSA Manager tab.


On the Welcome page of the VSA Installer wizard, select Recover VSA Cluster and click Next.


On the VSA Cluster Information page of the VSA Installer wizard, type the required information to recover the existing VSA cluster.



VSA Cluster IP Address

Type the VSA cluster IP address.


If you type a wrong IP address, VSA Manager cannot recover the VSA cluster and shows an error message.

VSA Cluster User Name

Type svaadmin.

VSA Cluster Password

Type the VSA cluster password. The default VSA cluster password is svapass.

Host User Name

Type root.

Host Password

Type the ESXi host password.


Click Next.


On the Verify Information page, review the information that you provided and click Install.


In the confirmation dialog box, click Yes.

The Recovering VSA cluster page appears.

The Recovering VSA cluster page shows the progress of the recovery task. After the recovery process is completed, the VSA Manager shows information about the existing VSA cluster.