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rbmadison
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VCenter 5.1U1 Upgrade / Migration Strategy

I am running vcenter 5.1 and want to upgrade to 5.1u1. I also wanted to move the database from a remote SQL 2008 instance to new remote SQL 2012 server. To make things even more complicated I'd also like to move my virtual center to a new server. I couldn't find a clear guide on how to do this so this was my plan.

1.     Upgrade the current vcenter 5.1 and 2008 SQL DB to vcenter 5.1u1.

2.     Build a new vcenter server pointing to a new SQL 2012 DB using the vcenter 5.1u1 install CD. (I know everything will be blank.)

3.     Restore the original upgraded vcenter 2008 DB from step 1 to the new SQL 2012 server. (Overwriting the blank database with the original data.)

Will this work or is there a better way to do this?

Thanks

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SQL server Standard and Enterprise 64 bit and 32 bit 2012 are the only ones supported for vCenter 5.1 U1.

There is a small change here:

- Take a snapshot of current vCenter 5.1 and 2008 sql db VM.

- Upgrade the vCenter 5.1 to vCenter 5.1U1.

- Once the upgrade is successful, consolidate the snapshots.

- Backup the vCenter 5.1 U1 DB on SQL 2008.

- Build a new vcenter server pointing to a new SQL 2012 DB using the vcenter 5.1u1 install CD.

- Restore the SQL 2008 DB to SQL 2012.

- Reboot the vCenter Server.

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