With the release of v Center 6.5b last week, admins may be looking to update their environments to leverage the latest functionality and fixes.If you are at that point with your v Center Server Appliance, don’t sweat the patch process.
SQL 2012 Always On Failover Cluster for v Center v Sphere 5.5 Install Pt. 4: ESXi Upgrade Best Practices and Tips v Sphere 5.5 Install Pt. 6: SSL Certificate Template v Sphere 5.5 Install Pt. If you are using v Sphere 5.1, then ‘tags’ are also stored locally on the v Center server and thus not in the database.
The default install of v Center 4 creates the DSN VMware Virtual Center. Note: If you don’t have v Center installed and this is the first time installing it, you will not see this window.13.
If you have installed the full version of SQL and setup your DSN manually, then simply select the DSN in the drop down menu. A notification window appears letting you know that this process will upgrading v Center server. Select the Data Source name that you have configured on the server for use with v Center. Note: If this is a new install, you can either select “Install a Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express instance” (which is for smaller scale deployments or testing/lab scenarios) or Use an existing support database and select the Data Source Name that you use to communicate with your SQL or Oracle server.14.
VMware recommends a fresh install, but sometimes its not just possible.
However, do check out the “Inventory Snapshot” Fling, which is a great (unsupported) tool to migrate hosts, VM, and permissions from one v Center instance to another.