To use an Oracle database for your vCenter Server repository, configure your database to work with vCenter Server.

You can install and configure the Oracle database on the same machine on which you plan to install vCenter Server. You can install and configure the Oracle database on a separate machine.

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To use an Oracle database with vCenter Server, you must create the database with certain tablespaces and privileges, and the database user with certain permissions.

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The vCenter Server installer creates the schema during installation. For experienced database administrators who need more control over schema creation because of environmental constraints, you can optionally use a script to create your database schema.

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To configure an Oracle ODBC DSN, you must have a net service name for your database. On the machine on which your Oracle database is running, you must create a net service name for the vCenter Server tablespace.

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After you create and configure an Oracle database and user for vCenter Server, you must create a 64-bit DSN on the machine on which you plan to install vCenter Server. During the vCenter Server installation, you use the DSN to establish a connection between vCenter Server and the database.