If you plan to use an IBM DB2 database when you install vCenter Server, you must configure the database user and group.

You can configure a DB2 database for vCenter Server either locally on the same Microsoft Windows machine as vCenter Server or remotely on a network-connected Linux, UNIX, or Windows host.

Before you configure your DB2 user and group, do the following tasks:

Review the software requirements for vCenter Server with DB2.

Make sure that a DB2 instance is created and configured for incoming TCP connections. For more information, see the DB2 documentation Web site.

1

Create an initial user on the operating system.

You must create a user on the operating system. By default, DB2 uses the operating system authentication for all its database users. This procedure assumes that you have created a user called vcx.

2

If the database is hosted on a Microsoft Windows machine, add the user vcx as a member of the group DB2USERS.

Ignore this step if you are running the database on a remote UNIX or Linux system.

3

Create a user group called DBSYSMON and add the user vcx as a member.

4

Open a DB2 command window or Command Line Processor (CLP) as the DB2 instance owner.

On Microsoft Windows, select Start > IBM DB2 > DB2Copy1 > Command Line Tools > Command Window.

On Linux or UNIX, open a terminal and switch your user to the DB2 instance owner.

5

In the DB2 command window, run the following command to add the group DBSYSMON to the group of users capable of database system monitoring:

db2 update dbm cfg using sysmon_group dbsysmon

This command affects all databases in this instance.

You now have a DB2 database user that you can reference in the vCenter Server installer.

Add the database instance registry variables.