Here is a short „how-to“ if you want to move your vCenter Server 5.5/6.0 and Update Manager SQL database to a new SQL database server.
There is a KB article from VMware covering this topic (KB 7960893 – Moving the VMware vCenter Server 4.x/5.x/6.0.x SQL database).
In this blogpost I have added some sidenotes from my experience and you can find some screenshots, too.
- read KB 7960893
- read this blog post
- install the new windows server (check compatibility matrix first)
- install the appropriate SQL server version (take care of the servicepack level,too!)
1. Stop Services:
Stop the following services on your „old“ vCenter Database Server:
- VMware Update Manager
- VMware VirtualCenter Server
- VMware VirtualCenter Management Webservices
2. Export SQL Agent rollup jobs:
vCenter Server offloads some maintenance tasks to the database.
If you move your vCenter database to a new server you have to take care that you recreate these jobs. The easiest way is to export them from your „old“ server and import them to the new one.
Export the following jobs (Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio):
To export them into a .sql file just right click the jobname, select „Script Job as“ – „Create to“ and „New Query Editor Window“:
Right click the SQLQuery.sql and select „Save SQLQuery.sql“ to save the file:
Repeat this for every job and remember the folder where you save the .sql files.
3. Perform a database backup:
Now you have to backup your vCenter Server database and your Update Manager database:
- open your MS SQL Server Management Studio
- right click the database you want to backup
- select „Tasks“ – „Back up…“
- select a destination and wait until the backup has successfully finished
4. Copy data to the new DB Server:
Copy the database backup files and the SQL Agent rollup jobs to the new database server…
5. Database restore:
- open the MS SQL Server Management Studio and connect to your new DB Server
- right click „Database“ and select „Restore Database…“
- select „Device“ and enter the path to your .bak file
- click OK to restore the database
- perform these steps for your Update Manager DB and your vCenter DB
6. Import SQL Agent rollup jobs:
- doubleclick the .sql files and execute them
- check if all jobs are available (see screenshot Step 2)
7. Update the vcdb.properties file:
- connect to your vCenter Server
- update the vcdb.properties file with the new SQL server
You can find the vcdb.properties file at the following location:
vCenter Server 5.x:
Windows 2008 – C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter
other Windows versions – C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\
vCenter Server 6.x:
8. Update the ODBC connections:
The last task is to update the ODBC System Data Sources at your vCenter Server:
32bit ODBC: C:\Windows\System32\odbcad32.exe
64bit ODBC: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\odbcad32.exe
- select „System DSN“
- select the System Data Source (eg. for vCenter)
- click „Configure“
- change the SQL Server name
- follow the wizzard (eg. enter the password to connect to the SQL server)
- test the Connection
- repeat these steps for both ODBC connections (Update Manager and vCenter Server)
9. Start the Services:
Now it is time to start your VMware VirtualCenter Server and VMware Update Manager services.
If you made no mistakes your vCenter should now access the databases on your new MS SQL Server.