VMware vCenter Backup and Restore

VMware vCenter Backup and Restore

The ADAM data is backed up every 5 minutes into the vCenter Server database. To backup the latest update of ADAM data, ensure that the VMware VirtualCenter Management Webservices service is running for at least 5 minutes before stopping the other vCenter services.


Stop the VMware VirtualCenter Service, VMwareVCMSDS, and the Database service.

Back-up the vCenter Server database.

This backup includes backing up ADAM information. For more information, see the vSphere Upgrade Guide.

Backup the SSL certificate folder at:

  • On Microsoft Windows 2003: %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter
  • On Microsoft Windows Vista and Microsoft Windows 2008 Server: %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\VMWare\VMware VirtualCenter


Restore the database. For more information, see the vSphere Upgrade Guide.

Restore SSL certification.

Copy the backed up SSL certificate folder to the same path on the destination.

Create the folder if it does not already exist.

Prepare a DSN that points to the database.

Install vCenter Server 4 and connect it to the database during installation steps. ADAM information is restored by this process.(If vCenter Server 4 was installed on the target operating system to restore, you need to uninstall it prior to the restoration.)

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