Inplace upgrade of vCenter Server from 4.1 to 5 and SQL Express

Posted on 2012-04-11
Last Modified: 2012-04-12
I have an existing installation of vCenter Server  I am looking to do an inplace uprade to version 5.0.  Its a small environment and the database I am using is SQL Express 2005.  If I use the vCenter Server install Wizard it tells me I need to upgrade the database.  Will that automatically upgrade SQL Express 2005 to 2008?
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by:Subhashish Laha
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by:Subhashish Laha
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Backup your SQL database first before upgrading the Database.

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I have seen that article, I am looking to find out if the install process will upgrade SQL 2005 to 2008 or if the the author already did that as part of the article.  THe author states that he is running version 4.1 but not if the database is 2005 or 2008.
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If you are running a 32bit OS, you cannot perform an in-place upgrade and will have to migrate the database using the follow procedure.

Even if you have a 64bit OS, 2005 SQLExpress is not supported and you will have to backup the SQL2005 database and restore it into the newly created SQL2008 express instance.
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by:Subhashish Laha
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Go through below article, this is related to your query and will help you out
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We complete inplace upgrades for clients from vCenter 4.1 to 5.0.

The installation wizard detects an existing version of vCenter and upgrades.

No upgrade is performed to SQL Express 2008. SQL Express 2005 is left.

The database is upgraded to work with vCenter 5.0.

It is true if you read Pages 32 of the Upgrade it states SQL Express 2005 - Not Supported.

But that does not mean it does not function and work.

Its a shame the installation does not warn in v5.0, this could have changed in v5.0 u1

Author Comment

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I am confused.  The interoperability guide says that SQL 2005 express does not work with 5.0.
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Its wrong!

its not supported, not supported and work are two very different things.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 400 total points
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Okay, here are some screenshots from our vCenter 5.0 installation, which was an in-place upgrade ontop of vCenter 4.1. (SQL Express 2005)

It works satisfactorily, like all our client sites, which know, it's not officially supported by VMware, if there was an issue with vCenter, which you have to have a seperate support contract, ontop of the ESXi servers support contract.

Our clients decided, they would test on SQL Express 2005, and if there were any issues with vCenter 5.0, they would then proceed with an SQL Express 2008 installation, but for them it was little risk, versus the effort, of installing new SQL Express 2008, and then compelting upgrade due to timescales.


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Excellent.  Thank you for your help!

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