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Implementing VMware vCenter Server by Konstantin Kuminsky

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Configuring a database for vCenter Server

In case you choose not to use the bundled database option for vCenter Server deployment, there are certain requirements and steps that need to be done to set up a database.

Using Microsoft SQL Server is the most common practice, and further on in this section, we will be assuming this database is used. More information on other supported databases—IBM DB2 and Oracle—can be found in the VMware vCenter Server documentation.

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express can be used only as a bundled option for deployments with up to five hosts and 50 virtual machines. If you choose to use Microsoft SQL Server 2005 or Microsoft SQL Server 2008, make sure the machine has a valid ODBC DSN entry.

The first step is to create ...

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