You can configure a DB2 database for vCenter Server locally on the same Microsoft Windows machine as vCenter Server.

Configure a user and group for the database.

Add the database instance registry variables.

Add the client instance registry variable.

Create the database with the required buffer pools, table spaces, and privileges.


On the Microsoft Windows machine that will host vCenter Server, click Start > Run to open the Microsoft ODBC Administrator utility.


Enter odbcad32.exe.


On the System DSN tab, click Add.


Select the driver that corresponds to your database (for example, IBM DB2 ODBC Driver - VCDB2Add) and click Finish.


Enter a name for the DSN (for example, VCDB2) and select your database from the menu.


To make sure that the database connection works, select the DSN and click Configure.


Enter the database user name (for example, vcx) and password.

You do not need to save the user name and password.


Click Connect.

The DB2 database is configured.

You can now install vCenter Server. When the vCenter Server installer prompts you for a DSN, point to the DSN that you created in this procedure.