You can configure a DB2 database for vCenter Server remotely on a network-connected Microsoft Windows, Linux, or UNIX host.

Download the IBM Data Server Driver for ODBC and CLI at http://www-01.ibm.com/software/data/db2/express/.

Install Hotfix 22318 on the DB2 9.5.0 client machine.

On the remote machine, configure a database user and group.

On the remote machine, create the database with the required buffer pools, table spaces, and privileges.

On the remote machine, add the database instance registry variables.

On the machine where vCenter Server will be installed, add the client instance registry variable.

On the machine where vCenter Server will be installed, make sure that the IBM Data Server Runtime Client is installed.

On the machine where vCenter Server will be installed, catalog the server node and the database.

a

In the command window, run the following command: db2 catalog tcpip node name remote DB Server host name or IP Address server Port number used

b

In the command window, run the following command: db2 catalog db database name at node name authentication SERVER

1

On the Microsoft Windows machine that will host vCenter Server, select Start > Run and enter odbcad64.exe to open the Microsoft ODBC Administrator utility.

2

On the System DSN tab, click Add.

3

Select the driver that corresponds to your database (for example, IBM DB2 ODBC Driver - VCDB2_remote) and click Finish.

4

In the IBM DB2 Driver Add dialog box, configure the database values.

Database name. The default value is vcdb.

Database alias. The database alias can be the same as the database name.

DSN name. For example, VCDB2.

You have completed the DB2 database configuration.

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.