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Supported databases for the linux VMware vCenter App July 30, 2012

Posted by vbry21 in VMware blogs.

I was teaching an ICM 5 course today and one of the things the course states is that the new vCenter App (Linux vCenter Server), supports Oracle and IBM DB2 as external databases.

That’s not the case, but in defence the course is written pre release and any good instructor can point out the descrepancies.

We then continue through, I demonstrate the installation and we find no external IBM DB2 database.

The other thing mentioned in the course is that the embedded database is IBM DB2, it was with 5.0 but now with 5.0.1 the embedded database is PostgreSQL.

Below is an extract from the Admin guide for vCenter Virtual App

As an alternative to installing vCenter Server on a Windows machine, you can download the VMware vCenter Server Appliance. The vCenter Server Appliance is a preconfigured Linux-based virtual machine optimized for running vCenter Server and associated services.

The vCenter Server Appliance has the default user name root and password vmware.

Microsoft SQL Server and IBM DB2 are not supported for the vCenter Server Appliance.


Version 5.0.1 of the vCenter Server Appliance uses PostgreSQL for the embedded database instead of IBM DB2, which was used in vCenter Server Appliance 5.0.

The vCenter Server Appliance does not support Linked Mode configuration. The vCenter Server Appliance does not support IPv6.


The embedded database is not configured to manage an inventory that contains more than 5 hosts and 50 virtual machines. If you use the embedded database with the vCenter Server Appliance, exceeding these limits can cause numerous problems, including causing vCenter Server to stop responding.




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