Use the data migration tool to back up VirtualCenter or vCenter Server configuration data such as port settings, SSL certificates, and licensing information. The data migration tool can restore these settings when you upgrade to vCenter Server on a new 64-bit machine.

If your database is a SQL Server Express database that is local to the VirtualCenter or vCenter Server machine, the data migration tool will back up the database and restore it to the destination machine.

If VMware vCenter Orchestrator is installed on the same machine as VirtualCenter or vCenter Server, the data migration tool will back up the vCenter Orchestrator configuration and restore it to the destination machine. The data migration tool does not back up and restore the vCenter Orchestrator database. See the VMware vCenter Orchestrator documentation for information about upgrading vCenter Orchestrator using the data migration tool.

If VMware vCenter Update Manager is installed on the same machine as VirtualCenter or vCenter Server, the data migration tool will back up the vCenter Update Manager configuration and restore it to the destination machine. If vCenter Update Manager uses a SQL Server Express database that is local to the source machine, the data migration tool will back up the database and restore it to the destination machine. The data migration tool does not back up and restore patch binaries. See the VMware vCenter Update Manager documentation for information about upgrading vCenter Update Manager with the data migration tool.

Verify that a supported version of VirtualCenter or vCenter Server is installed on the source machine:

VirtualCenter 2.5 and its update releases

vCenter Server 4.0 and its update releases

Stop the VMware VirtualCenter Server service before backing up the configuration.

If the \datamigration\data\ folder already exists from a previous backup attempt, backup cannot proceed. Remove or rename this folder before backing up the vCenter Server configuration.

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As Administrator on the Windows system, insert the VMware vCenter Server Installation DVD or double-click autorun.exe.

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Click Explore media.

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Open the datamigration folder and extract the datamigration.zip archive to a writeable local file system on the source VirtualCenter or vCenter Server machine.

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From the Windows command prompt, change to the datamigration folder and type backup.bat to run the backup script of the data migration tool.

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Respond to the script prompts.

The script checks the vCenter Server version, database type, vCenter Update Manager configuration (if installed), and vCenter Orchestrator configuration (if installed) to determine whether they are compatible with the data migration tool.

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If VMware vCenter Update Manager is not installed, enter y when prompted to continue the backup.

The VirtualCenter or vCenter Server configuration data and the SQL Server Express database (if applicable) are copied to the \data folder in the extracted folder. The VirtualCenter or vCenter Server database instance is upgraded to be compatible with vCenter Server 4.1.

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Check \logs\backup.log in the datamigration folder for errors.

If you find no errors, the data backup was successful.

If you find errors, correct the source of the error and rerun backup.bat before proceeding.

If your database is a SQL Server Express database local to the vCenter Server machine, see Restore the vCenter Server Configuration and Install vCenter Server on the Destination Machine.

If you are using another database, see Create a 64-Bit DSN.