If you used the data migration tool to back up the vCenter Server configuration and bundled SQL Server database, use the data migration tool to install vCenter Server and restore the vCenter Server configuration and database to the destination machine.

Use this procedure if you used the data migration tool to back up a SQL Server Express database local to the vCenter Server machine. The data migration tool restores the database to the new machine.

VMware recommends using the same host name for the destination machine that you used for the source machine.

Ensure that the destination vCenter Server machine has access to all other systems that it must connect to, such as the domain server, Windows Active Directory server with vCenter user accounts, database server, license server, and so on.

1

Copy the datamigration folder from the source machine to the destination machine.

2

Insert the vCenter Server installation media into the DVD-ROM drive on the new machine, or copy the installation ISO image to the new machine.

3

From the Windows command prompt, change to the datamigration folder copied from the source machine and type install.bat.

4

If the name of the new machine is different from the name of the source machine, enter y to continue.

5

Enter the path to the vCenter Server installation media.

For example, if the installation media is in D:\Temp\VMware-VIMSetup-en-4.1.0-build number, enter D:\Temp\VMware-VIMSetup-en-4.1.0-build number.

The install script verifies that migration data is present, and launches the vCenter Server installer.

6

Select a language for the installer and click OK.

The Welcome page informs you that an earlier version of vCenter Server is on the computer and will be upgraded to vCenter Server 4.1.

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When the Welcome screen appears, click Next.

8

Review the End-User Patent Agreement and click Next.

9

Select I agree to the terms in the license agreement and click Next.

10

Select Install SQL Server 2005 Express instance (for small-scale deployments) and click Next.

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Enter the password for the vCenter Service user account.

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Either accept the default destination folders or click Change to select another location, and click Next.

The installation path cannot have commas (,) or periods (.).

Note

To install the vCenter Server on a drive other than C:, verify that there is enough space in the C:\WINDOWS\Installer folder to install the Microsoft Windows Installer .msi file. If you do not have enough space, your vCenter Server installation might fail.

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Enter the port numbers to use or accept the port numbers shown and click Next.

The port numbers displayed are those that were backed up from the source VirtualCenter or vCenter Server installation.

14

Select the amount of memory to allocate to the vCenter JVM in Tomcat, according to the number of hosts in your environment.

You can adjust this setting after installation if the number of hosts in your environment changes.

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Click Install.

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When the vCenter Server installation finishes, click Finish.

The data migration tool restores the backed up configuration data.

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Check the \logs\restore.log file in the datamigration folder, and verify that no errors occurred during the restore process.

vCenter Server is installed, and the settings that you backed up are restored. The SQL Server Express database is also restored on the new machine. After the installation is complete, vCenter Server is started.

If you used the data migration tool to back up VMware vCenter Update Manager configuration data, the vCenter Update Manager installer is launched. Complete the steps in the installation wizard to install vCenter Update Manger and restore the configuration. See the VMware vCenter Update Manager documentation for more information.

If you used the data migration tool to back up VMware vCenter Orchestrator configuration data, the vCenter Orchestrator installer is launched. Complete the steps in the installation wizard to install vCenter Orchestrator and restore the configuration. See the VMware vCenter Orchestrator documentation for more information.

If the new vCenter Server machine has a different name than the source machine, update plug-ins and other solutions that access the vCenter Server system with the name of the new machine. See Update the vCenter Server Name for Plug-Ins.

If a license server was installed on the source machine, install the license server on the destination machine and migrate the licenses. See Migrate a License Server Installed on the Same Machine as vCenter Server.

See Postupgrade Considerations for vCenter Server.