You should back up the Inventory Service database as part of your regular vCenter Server database administration.

To move the Inventory Service database to a different host machine, back up the database on the source machine and restore the database on the destination machine.

Consult your database administrator about backing up and restoring databases.

Verify that you have system administrator privileges to perform backup or restore operations.


On the source machine, open a console and run the service vmware-inventoryservice stop command to stop the Inventory Service before you restore the Inventory Service database.


On the source machine, open a command prompt in the vCenter Server and change the directory to /usr/lib/vmware-vpx/inventoryservice/scripts/.


Run the following command to back up the Inventory Service database.

./ -file backup_file_name

When the backup operation finishes, the message Backup completed successfully appears.