When you create a Microsoft SQL Server database, you must configure it correctly to support Site Recovery Manager.

This information provides the requirements for an SQL Server database for use with Site Recovery Manager. For specific instructions about creating an SQL Server database, see the SQL Server documentation.

Database user account:

If you use Integrated Windows Authentication to connect to SQL Server and SQL Server runs on the same machine as Site Recovery Manager Server, use a local or domain account that has administrative privileges on the Site Recovery Manager Server machine. Use the same account or an account with the same privileges when you install Site Recovery Manager Server. When the Site Recovery Manager installer detects an SQL Server data source name (DSN) that uses Integrated Windows Authentication, it configures Site Recovery Manager Server to run under the same account as you use for the installer, to guarantee that Site Recovery Manager can connect to the database.

If you use Integrated Windows Authentication to connect to SQL Server and SQL Server runs on a different machine from Site Recovery Manager Server, use a domain account with administrative privileges on the Site Recovery Manager Server machine. Use the same account or an account with the same privileges when you install Site Recovery Manager Server. When the Site Recovery Manager installer detects an SQL Server data source name (DSN) that uses Integrated Windows Authentication, it configures Site Recovery Manager Server to run under the same account as you use for the installer, to guarantee that Site Recovery Manager can connect to the database.

If you use SQL authentication, you can run the Site Recovery Manager service under the Windows Local System account, even if SQL Server is running on a different machine to Site Recovery Manager Server. The Site Recovery Manager installer configures the Site Recovery Manager service to run under the Windows Local System account by default.

Make sure that the Site Recovery Manager database user account has the ADMINISTER BULK OPERATIONS, CONNECT, and CREATE TABLE permissions.

Database schema:

The Site Recovery Manager database schema must have the same name as the database user account.

The Site Recovery Manager database user must be the owner of the Site Recovery Manager database schema.

The Site Recovery Manager database schema must be the default schema for the Site Recovery Manager database user.

The Site Recovery Manager database must be the default database for all SQL connections that Site Recovery Manager makes. You can set the default database either in the user account configuration in SQL Server or in the DSN.

Map the database user account to the database login.

For information about database sizing, see the Sizing calculator for vCenter Site Recovery Manager databases - MSSQL at http://www.vmware.com/products/site-recovery-manager/resource.html.