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is there anywhere within vcenter server application to show exactly where the underlying sql database resides (i.e. path). can you provide a screenshot on where in vc we could find this information..
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You can't from the client however if you log onto your V-Center server and then check the ODBC connections, you can see the server and the instance that it's using.

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Alex
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On the vCenter Server, you will be able to show and tell where the ODBC reference is to the SQL Server and Database. But it will not show the physical path to the actual SQL database.

This is the ODBC Reference

ODBC Reference
You would need to view the SQL Database in Management Studio, to find the path to the actual database.

database
The above shows the Database Server, which is localhost (the same server vCenter Server is installed on!)

and the database name is VIM_SQLEXP
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by default will sql express be installed on the same server as the vcenter application, i.e. is that default for the installation of the product? or can an admin move the database to any server they chose?
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You can move it to any database or server you choose to

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1028601

Full step by step guide there to move it to a full fat SQL2008 server
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By Default vCenter Server installation can and will use SQL Express, unless you specify another SQL server.

The database can be moved, from SQL Express to Full version of Express.

But now that SQL Express can handle much larger databases, it's not often done anymore.
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however running backups on express is a pain since it doesn't entirely support backups. It can be done but it's a pain.

https://support.microsoft.com/kb/2019698

Therefore people elect to go for a full SQL server.
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