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Can you run tools such as rvtools and the vcheck script against a vcenter appliance, as opposed to the vcenter server application? Would you need to use windows credentials or should it be the root type accounts? I can access the appliance via vsphere client but connection fails with rvtools. Same question really for vcheck script.

Also does the vcenter appliance also come with an underlying sql express database? Would that be local to the appliance?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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RV Tools can be used to login to vCenter Server for Windows or the vCenter Appliance.

You need to use vCenter Server or Active Directory Credentials (if vCenter Server uses AD for authentication).

You do not use root accounts, root accounts are used to login to ESXi directly.

vCenter Appliance comes with it's own database, which is in the appliance.
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I assume it isn't a sql database? Or is it?
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You are correct it's not SQL.

It's embedded vPostgres.
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vcheck script is run against the VMware vCenter Server.
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I assume thaat needs a routine backup though, how could you check if it has one configured?
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Can vcheck be run against a vcenter appliance also? Or only vcenter server for windows?
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Backup the Entire Appliance!

vCheck can be run against any vCenter Server for Windows or Appliance.
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Normally a db requires a seperate backup tho, so. Wouldn't it require 2 backups?
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A Backup of the Appliance should suffice. As the DB is integrated into the appliance.

If you want to backup the Appliance Database (although I do not know any that do!).

See here

Backing up and restoring the vCenter Server Appliance (vPostgres)

VMware KB: Backing up and restoring the vCenter Server Appliance database

and also see Option 2, in this Web Article

http://virtualpotholes.wordpress.com/2013/11/03/how-to-backup-the-vcenter-server-appliance-embedded-db/
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