After you choose a supported database type, make sure you understand any special configuration requirements.

Configuration Notes for Databases Supported with vCenter Server is not a complete list of databases supported with vCenter Server. For information about specific database versions and service pack configurations supported with vCenter Server, see the VMware Product Interoperability Matrixes. This topic is intended only to provide special database configuration notes not listed in the Product Interoperability Matrixes.

vCenter Server databases require a UTF code set.

Contact your DBA for the appropriate database credentials.

Configuration Notes for Databases Supported with vCenter Server

Database Type

Configuration Notes

IBM DB2

If the database is not local to the vCenter Server system, install the IBM Data Server Runtime Client.

Install the IBM DB2 native client according to the IBM instructions for your DB2 version.

Ensure that the DB2 binaries directory (typically C:\Program Files\IBM\SQLLIB\BIN) is in the system path. DB2 might be installed at a different location.

You might need to restart the Microsoft Windows machine for the service to recognize the change in the environment variable.

Ensure that the machine has a valid ODBC data source name (DSN) entry.

Note

This database is not supported for the vCenter Server Appliance.

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express

Bundled database that you can use for small deployments of up to 5 hosts and 50 virtual machines.

Note

This database is not supported for the vCenter Server Appliance.

Microsoft SQL Server 2005

Ensure that the machine has a valid ODBC DSN entry.

If Microsoft SQL Server 2005 is not already installed and the machine has MSXML Core Services 6.0 installed, remove MSXML Core Services 6.0 before installing Microsoft SQL Server 2005. If you cannot remove it using the Add or Remove Programs utility, use the Windows Installer CleanUp utility. See http://support.microsoft.com/kb/968749.

Note

This database is not supported for the vCenter Server Appliance.

Microsoft SQL Server 2008

Ensure that the machine has a valid ODBC DSN entry.

Note

This database is not supported for the vCenter Server Appliance.

Oracle

Ensure that the machine has a valid ODBC DSN entry.

After you complete the vCenter Server installation, take the following steps:

Apply the latest patch to the Oracle client and server.

Copy the Oracle JDBC driver (ojdbc14.jar or ojdbc5.jar) to the vCenter Server installation directory, in the tomcat\lib subdirectory: vCenter install location\Infrastructure\tomcat\lib.

In the Services section of the Windows Administrative Tools control panel, restart the WMware VirtualCenter Management Webservices service.

The vCenter Server installer attempts to copy the Oracle JDBC driver from the Oracle client location to the vCenter Server installation directory. If the Oracle JDBC driver is not found in the Oracle client location, the vCenter Server installer prompts you to copy the file manually. You can download the file from the oracle.com Web site.