You can restore the previous vCenter Server configurations if you have a full backup of your 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 vCenter Server that you are restoring.

Database backup files.

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


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

See your database documentation.


Reinstall your original version of 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.