This article provides the steps to relocate the SQL database that is used by VirtualCenter/vCenter Server.


To move SQL Server databases used by vCenter Server to a new location:

  1. Stop the VMware VirtualCenter Server, VMware VirtualCenter Management Webservices and VMware Update Manager services. For more information, see Stopping, starting, or restarting vCenter services (1003895).

    Note: For vCenter Server 5.0.x, stop the vCenter Inventory Service and VMware vSphere Profile-Driven Storage service.

  2. Migrate the VCDB and UMDB from the existing SQL instance to the new SQL instance running on the remote server. For information on migrating databases, see Back Up and Move a Local vCenter Server Database.

  3. If migrating a vCenter Server 4.x local database, you may also need to migrate the ADAM database. For more information, seeManually backing up and restoring the vCenter Server 4.x and 5.0 ADAM instance data (1029864).

  4. Note the credentials and server that vCenter Server uses to connect to the database. Update the DSN as necessary to the migrated database. For more information, see vCenter Server installation fails with ODBC and DNS errors (1003928).

  5. Recreate SQL Agent rollup jobs. Detaching, attaching, importing, and restoring a database to a newer version of SQL Server does not automatically recreate these jobs. For more information, see Updating rollup jobs after the error: Performance data is currently not available for this entity (1004382).

    Note: SQL Server Agent is not available in Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and 2008 Express.

    For a complete list of the jobs that should be present, see:

  6. Start the VMware VirtualCenter Server and VMware Update Manager services. For more information, see Stopping, starting, or restarting vCenter services (1003895).

    Note: In vCenter Server 5.1, make sure that the Single Sign-On Service is started before starting the VMware VirtualCenter Server service.

Note: In some instances, it may necessary to update the file with the new SQL server if the SQL database name is referenced here. If this is not updated, the performance overview charts and the Storage Monitoring Service (SMS) may be affected after migrating the vCenter Server database. For more information, see VMware vCenter Storage Monitoring Service fails with the error: Service initialization failed (2016472). The file is located at:

  • Windows 2008 – C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter
  • Other Windows versions – C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\

For more information on:

When moving a SQL database from one server to another, you must follow all recommendations and steps provided by the third-party vendor. For more information on:

  • Attaching and detaching a database for Microsoft SQL Server, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 224071.
  • Using the Copy Database Wizard in SQL Server 2000, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 274463.
  • Syntax or best practices, engage the third-party vendor's documentation or support.
  • Moving SQL Server 2008 R2, see the MSDN article on Moving Database Files.

Note: The preceding links were correct as of October 9, 2013. If you find a link is broken, provide feedback and a VMware employee will update the link.