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Reinstalling VMware vCenter Server 4.x/5.x (2003493)


This article provides the steps to cleanly reinstall VMware vCenter Server 4.x/5.x.


To perform a clean reinstall of vCenter Server:

  1. Backup the vCenter database. You need to reattach to this database during the reinstall.
  2. Backup your SSL key files for later use:

    • Server 2003: C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Virtual Center\SSL
    • Server 2008: C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware Virtual Center\SSL

  3. Stop all vCenter Services. For more information, see Stopping, starting, or restarting vCenter services (1003895).
  4. Uninstall vCenter Server. For more information, see Best practices for uninstalling vCenter Server (1030559).
  5. Remove or rename these folders if they still exist:

    • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter

  6. Remove this registry key, if it still exists. You may create a backup if needed:

    HKLM\Software\VMware, Inc.\VMware VirtualCenter

  7. Reinstall vCenter Server and choose your existing database file during the install process. For more information, see:

  8. To reuse your SSL certificates backed up in step 2, see Replacing vCenter Server Certificates.

Additional Information

 For information related to post installation issues, see Post installation issues with vCenter Server 4.1 (1000153).


reinstall-vcenter-agents  reinstall-vcenter-server

See Also

Update History

03/14/2013 - Added vCenter Server 5.0 to title and Products

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