Before you perform an upgrade to vCenter Server on a different machine, you might want to move the database to the new vCenter Server machine. To move the database, back up the database on the existing machine and restore the database on the new machine. Moving the database is optional.

Consult your database administrator or see your database documentation about backing up and restoring databases.

The machine with the VirtualCenter 2.5 Update 6 or vCenter Server 4.0 database is called the source machine. The machine on which the vCenter Server 5.0 database will reside is called the destination machine.

Verify that you have a VirtualCenter 2.5 Update 6 or vCenter Server 4.0 system running with a local or remote Oracle 10g or Oracle 11g database.


On the source machine, stop the VirtualCenter service.


Select Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services.


Right-click VMware VirtualCenter Server and select Stop.

The Status changes from Started to blank.


On the source machine, log in to Oracle SQL*Plus as the VirtualCenter 2.5 or vCenter Server 4.0 database user.


Export the database as a .dmp file.


Copy the .dmp file onto the C:\ drive of the destination machine.


In Oracle SQL*Plus, run the following command to create the tablespace.

create tablespace vctest datafile 'c:\vctest.dbf' size 100m autoextend on;

Run the following command to create a user.

create user VCUSER identified by CENSORED default tablespace vctest;

Import the .dmp file into the Oracle 64-bit database on the destination machine.


Verify that all the table data is imported.

The original database is restored onto the new machine, which you can use for the upgrade to vCenter Server 5.0.