vCenter keeps migrating my vyos machines from host to host, causing micro outages

I have two completely separate ESXi clusters, one runs vSphere/ESXi 7, and the other cluster runs vSphere/ESXi 8.

I have one instance of VyOS installed on each cluster.

On both clusters, the VyOS machine keeps getting vmotion’ed between ESXi hosts on the same cluster.

Now, why do I write this on a VyOS forum?

  • Its only the VyOS VM that gets migrated.
  • All hosts in esxi cluster has plenty of free cpu, ram and disk.
  • VyOS vm has 2 CPU, 4GB RAM, 8GB disk
  • VyOS vm barely uses any resources (50Mhz CPU/440MB ram)
  • VyOS vm does not forward any traffic (a few Kbps), but just participate in a very small ospf topology.
  • Tested with new installs vyos 1.3.3, vyos 1.4 (selfbuilt oct 17).
  • No other VM’s with the same settings do get migrated.
  • This happens on both my clusters, which do not share settings.
  • First DRS somehow decides to hot migrate VM
  • Then vSphere logs says VM machine mem/cpu usage changed from Gray to Green (see screenshot)

Only the VyOS get migrated between 5-20 times every day.

While I’m no vmware expert, is there something in vmware tools which could trigger this?

$ dpkg -l | grep VMware
ii  open-vm-tools                        2:12.2.0-1+deb12u1               amd64        Open VMware Tools for virtual machines hosted on VMware (CLI)
ii  vyos-1x-vmware                       1.4dev1-33-gc5627b326            amd64        VyOS configuration scripts and data for VMware

$ free -m
               total        used        free      shared  buff/cache   available
Mem:            1989         440        1188           1         511        1548
Swap:              0           0           0

$ show version 
Version:          VyOS 1.4-rolling-202310171102
Release train:    sagitta

Built by:         olofl
Built on:         Tue 17 Oct 2023 11:02 UTC
Build UUID:       a7600e85-15d8-45c7-a44a-17162ffadcd6
Build commit ID:  a03b5dbd3e3699

Doesnt it exist some kind of host affinity in VMware so you can “lock” a specific VM-guest to a specific VM-host in your cluster (that is any vMotion doesnt occur until that VM-host is completely gone for whatever reason)?