Before you upgrade vCenter Server, back up the vCenter Server database. Migrating vCenter Server with a local database to a new machine, you have several options for moving the database to the new machine.

If your database is remote from VirtualCenter or vCenter Server, you do not need to move the database after you back it up.

If your database is local to VirtualCenter or vCenter Server, and you want it to remain local after the upgrade, choose one the following options.

Option

Description

Microsoft SQL Server Express database

If the database was installed by the vCenter Server installer, back up the database, and move the database along with other configuration data using the data migration tool.

If the SQL Server Express database was not installed by the vCenter Server installer, back up the database and restore it onto the machine that you are installing vCenter Server on.

Microsoft SQL Server database

Do one of the following, but consider the downtime required. Consult your organization's database administrator.

Back up the database, detach the database, and attach it to the machine that you are installing vCenter Server on.

Back up the database, and restore it onto the machine that you are installing vCenter Server on.

Other local databases

Back up the database, and restore it onto the machine that you are installing vCenter Server on.

Back up the VirtualCenter or vCenter Server configuration using the data migration tool.