HMVA - Use 'home' VHM or Not?

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I know this may be a matter of opinion...but I am curious.  I am setting up a HMVA for a company that will probably only need a single VHM (at least currently).  I am trying to determine...should I just use the 'home' VHM or should a create a new VHM for the setup and leave 'home' alone and relatively untouched. 

Just looking for recommendations.

Thanks.
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Smitty

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Carsten Buchenau, Champ

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If the HMVA is dedicated to one customer, I tend to use the home VHM directly. It's more convenient when you log in with a full admin account and have the valid dashboard right in front of you, instead of having to change into a VHM first.

I did have a case where I started with a flat configuration and then had the need to add more sites and run them all in VHMs. In this case it's nicer not to use the home VHM, not for technical reason but for structure/organization. Which turned out not to be a big problem: I created a backup of the home VHM, created a new one, and restored the data into it from the backup file. Then I cleaned the home VHM by removing all custom objects. You have to fiddle a bit with AP-to-VHM assignments and the number of licenses you assign to each VHM, but it's not a biggie.

Hope this helps...
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Thanks for the reply.  Good to know you can clean the home VHM up.  I was concerned if I started using the home VHM and needed to change later it would be hard to get that one back to baseline.  We are migrating our existing AP's from HMOL to HMVA and just want to get it setup right the first time.

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The clean-up is a bit of work, as you have to remove every object individually and in the right order, but it's also a good exercise to know HM and all config options better :-)