You can restore the previous VirtualCenter configuration if you have a full backup of your VirtualCenter database and the previous VirtualCenter SSL certificates.

You might need some or all of the following items to restore VirtualCenter and its components in the event of a system failure or disaster. Follow your company disaster recovery guidelines for storage and handling of these items.

Installation media for the same version of VirtualCenter you are restoring

VMware Infrastructure 3 license file or a running license server

Database backup files

SSL files found in: %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\SSL on the VirtualCenter system

Notes from the original installation regarding the selections, settings, and information used


vCenter Server 4.0 and ESX 4.0/ESXi 4.0 license keys


Completely uninstall vCenter Server 4.0.


Restore the previous version of the VirtualCenter database from the backup.

See your database documentation.


Reinstall your original version of VirtualCenter, selecting the restored database during the installation process.


Verify that the license server is running if one was in use in the original installation.


Restore the VirtualCenter SSL certificate folder and vpxd.cfg to the %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter directory.


Make sure the system DSN points to the database.