You can restore the previous VirtualCenter or vCenter Server configurations if you have a full backup of your VirtualCenter or vCenter database and the previous VirtualCenter and vCenter SSL certificates.

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

Installation media for the same version of VirtualCenter that you are restoring.

VMware Infrastructure 3 license file or a running license server when you are restoring VirtualCenter 2.5.

Database backup files.

SSL files found in: %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\SSL on the VirtualCenter or vCenter systems.

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

vpxd.cfg files.

vCenter Server and ESX/ESXi license keys.


Uninstall the VirtualCenter or the vCenter Server.


Restore the previous version of the VirtualCenter or vCenter Server database from the backup.

See your database documentation.


Reinstall your original version of VirtualCenter or vCenter Server, 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.