After you select a supported database type, make sure you understand any special configuration requirements.

Configuration Notes for Databases Supported with vCenter Server is not a complete list of databases supported with vCenter Server and the vCenter Server Appliance. For information about specific database versions and service pack configurations supported with vCenter Server, see the VMware Product Interoperability Matrixes. The vCenter Server Appliance supports the same Oracle database versions as vCenter Server. Only special database configuration notes not listed in the Product Interoperability Matrixes are provided in Configuration Notes for Databases Supported with vCenter Server.

vCenter Server databases require a UTF code set.

Contact your DBA for the appropriate database credentials.

Configuration Notes for Databases Supported with vCenter Server

Database Type

Configuration Notes

PostgreSQL

For vCenter Server 6.0, the bundled PostgreSQL database is suitable for environments with up to 20 hosts and 200 virtual machines. For the vCenter Server Appliance, you can use the embedded PostgreSQL database for environments with up to 1,000 hosts and 10,000 virtual machines.

Important

If you use the embedded PostgreSQL database, uninstalling vCenter Server on Windows, uninstalls the embedded database, and all data is lost.

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 or higher

Ensure that the machine has a valid ODBC DSN entry.

Note

This database is not supported for the vCenter Server Appliance.

Microsoft SQL Server 2012

Ensure that the machine has a valid ODBC DSN entry.

Note

This database is not supported for the vCenter Server Appliance.

Microsoft SQL Server 2014

Ensure that the machine has a valid ODBC DSN entry.

Note

This database is not supported for the vCenter Server Appliance.

Oracle 11g and Oracle 12c

Ensure that the machine has a valid ODBC DSN entry.

After you complete the vCenter Server installation, apply the latest patch to the Oracle client and server.