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  • 1.  moved vcenter db from sql express to sql 2012

    Posted Apr 29, 2015 05:09 PM

    I havea  vcenter 5.5 that was installed using simple install. I moved the database from local sql expres to a remote db server on 2012r2. but now I want to stop the local sql epress services and its prompting me that vcenter services will be stopped. does sql express need to still run locally  for vcenter to work?



  • 2.  RE: moved vcenter db from sql express to sql 2012

    Posted Apr 29, 2015 05:41 PM

    Seems like you configured a dependency on vCenter services, what you need is remove this dependency and then stop the SQL Express instance.

    Here is a VMware KB showing how to create the dependency, just follow theses steps BUT for remove the dependency: VMware KB: VMware VirtualCenter Server service does not start automatically after reboot



  • 3.  RE: moved vcenter db from sql express to sql 2012

    Posted Apr 29, 2015 05:44 PM

    If you followed the migration steps in this KB VMware KB:    Migrating the vCenter Server database from SQL Express to full SQL Server you should be able to remove the SQL Express db instance.