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Setting up VMware update manager on ESXi 6

I will be setting up Update Mgr on esxi 6 which has 6 host and about 80 host.
I know the articles I have found say that to use SQL express, there should be 5 host with 50 VMS.
Is this set in stone or is ok for m to use SQL Express or should I use and existing SQL DBS?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I think SQL Express is fine to host a database for Update Manager, however it's borderline for VMware vCenter Server.
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vmichAuthor Commented:
Yes we just added the 6th host about a month ago and I never thought about SQL Express because that is what is running on the VCTR along with the 80 vms.
I guess I need to get SQL on the VCTR and remove SQL Express and if so, is there a good doc to follow to do this?
I don't want to add the Update Mgr now until I get SQL straightened out if I need to on the VCTR?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You may want to check your current database size, the issue with express is the 10GB max limit.

That many hosts and VMs, you are borderline that the database will grow beyond 10GB.

Upgrade to SQL Full, or dump vCenter Server for Windows, and use the Appliance, and hold off, until VMware Update Manager is launched for Appliance (very soon!)
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vmichAuthor Commented:
upgrade sql express to sql
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