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Updating rollup jobs after the error: Performance data is currently not available for this entity (1004382)

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VirtualCenter 2.5, vCenter Server 4.x and vCenter Server 5.x use SQL Server Agent to run these SQL agent jobs to manage historical data:

  • Past Day stats rollup
  • Past Week stats rollup
  • Past Month stats rollup
  • Process Performance Data myDB

You may need to set up or recreate SQL agent jobs to manage historical data manually under these circumstances:

  • An upgrade to VirtualCenter 2.5, vCenter Server 4.x or vCenter Server 5.x fails to add these jobs.
  • The database is upgraded from SQL Express to SQL Standard or Enterprise.
  • The database is moved to another SQL server.
  • VirtualCenter 2.5 or vCenter Server 4.x is reinstalled and database restored from backup.
  • When you try to access performance data for a period more than the last 24 hours, you see the message:

    Performance data is currently not available for this entity

  • Windows Event Viewer on vCenter server shows an entry similar to:

    EventTypeId: com.vmware.vc.stats.StatsInsertErrorEvent
    FullFormattedMessage: Stats insertion failed for entity esxhost.domain.com due to ODBC error.

Note: For more information on SQL agent jobs for VMware vCenter Server 5.x, see Verifying jobs and stored procedures installed in vCenter Server 5.0 (2006097) and Verifying jobs and stored procedures installed in vCenter Server 5.1, 5.5 and 6.0 (2033096)

Solution

Note: This is a two-part solution. Read and understand all of the steps before proceeding. After the jobs are created and enabled properly, they may take a significant amount of time to run. This article does not apply to installations using Microsoft SQL Server Express or vPostgres. SQL Server Agent is not available in Microsoft SQL Server Express. Historical data is managed by the VirtualCenter Server service in this case. In addition, the DSN account must have the correct permissions to run the rollup jobs. If the account does not have the correct permissions, the performance data is not collected. This can be seen in the logs for the rollup jobs.

Note: Ensure to take a backup of the vCenter Server database before proceeding.

Verifying the existence of jobs and removing them

For the scripts to install correctly, you must remove any existing Past _____ stats rollup jobs. This section verifies the existence of jobs and removes them if present.

To verify the existence of jobs and remove them:

  1. Open SQL Management Studio using a Sysadmin account (typically SA or Administrator).
  2. Expand the Server and SQL Server Agent.

    Note: Ensure the SQL Server Agent is running. If it is not running, right-click the SQL Server Agent and select Start. Determine if the issue is still occurring.

  3. Click the Jobs folder. You see a list of all jobs available on your server.

    These jobs are related to VirtualCenter 2.5 and vCenter Server 4.x and vCenter Server 5.x:

    • Past Day Stats Rollup
    • Past Week Stats Rollup
    • Past Month Stats Rollup
    • Process Performance Data myDB

  4. Right-click any of these jobs, if they exist, and select Delete.
  5. Click OK to confirm the deletion.
  6. Close SQL Management Studio when these jobs are removed.

Adding the SQL Server Agent Jobs

To add a SQL Server Agent job:

  1. Open SQL Management Studio using the database login used by VirtualCenter to connect to the database (typically not SA or Administrator). See Administrative credentials are required for Oracle and SQL Server databases when installing or upgrading vCenter Server (1003052) to ensure that you have the correct permissions.

  2. Click File > Open > File.
  3. Navigate to the location of the jobs:

    Notes:

    • The drive letters may change depending on where you install VirtualCenter:

      • VirtualCenter 2.5: C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\VirtualCenter Server\dbupgrade\Upgrade-v3-to-v4\T-SQL\
      • VirtualCenter 2.5, Update 4: C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\VirtualCenter Server\dbupgrade\Upgrade-v4-to-v5\T-SQL\
      • vCenter Server 4.x: C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\VirtualCenter Server\sql
      • vCenter Server 5.x: C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\VirtualCenter Server\sql
      • vCenter Server 6.0: C:\Program Files\VMware\vCenter Server\vpxd\sql

    • You may need to copy the job creation sql files from the vCenter Server to the server on which the Management Studio/SQL Plus is being run.

  4. Open job_schedule1_mssql.sql.
  5. Ensure that the VirtualCenter Database (for example, VCDB ) is selected and that Master is not selected.
  6. Right-click the VirtualCenter Database and select New Query.
  7. Copy the query outlined in job_schedule1_mssql.sql to the New Query pane in SQL Management studio, then click Execute Query.
  8. Repeat steps 1 to 7 for:
  9. Right-click the Jobs folder and click Refresh.

    Note: If there is no option to view the jobs folder in order to refresh, log out and then log in again to SQL Management Studio as SA or Administrator to refresh the jobs.

  10. After all three jobs are created, navigate to SQL Server Agent > Jobs in the Object Explorer.
  11. Right-click Past Day stats rollup, click Properties. Ensure the owner of the job is the same database login used by VirtualCenter to connect to the database.
  12. Right-click Past Month stats rollup, click Properties. Ensure the owner of the job is the same database login used by VirtualCenter to connect to the database.
  13. Right-click Past Week stats rollup, click Properties. Ensure the owner of the job is the same database login used by VirtualCenter to connect to the database.

Oracle

To ensure that the scripts are upgraded properly:

  1. Open SQL Plus.
  2. Click File > Open > File.
  3. Navigate to the location of the jobs, then copy the contents of job_schedule1_oracle.sql:

    • VirtualCenter 2.5: C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\VirtualCenter Server\dbupgrade\Upgrade-v3-to-v4\PL-SQL\
    • vCenter Server 4.x: C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\VirtualCenter Server\sql
    • vCenter Server 5.x: C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\VirtualCenter Server\sql
    • vCenter Server 6.0: C:\Program Files\VMware\vCenter Server\vpxd\sql

  4. Open an  SQL Plus session with a user account that has access to the Oracle tables, jobs, and schedules related to the vCenter Server.
  5. Execute the job_schedule1_oracle.sql script.

    Note: Contact your Oracle database administrator or see Oracle support documentation for information on how to execute Oracle scripts.

  6. Repeat steps 1-5 for job_schedule2_oracle.sql and job_schedule3_oracle.sql.
  7. After all three jobs are created, ensure that the global Oracle setting JOB_QUEUE_PROCESSES is not set to 0 as this disables all job processing. To show this parameter setting, run the query:

    select value from v$parameter where name='job_queue_processes';

Additional Information

If you encounter issues after upgrading to vCenter Server 4.0, see Past Week stats rollupvc40 SQL Server job fails to complete after upgrading to vCenter (1014209).

See Also:

For translated versions of this article, see:

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performance-statistics-rollup  vcenter-database-rollup-jobs-fail

This Article Replaces

1020608

Update History

04/20/2010 - Added vCenter Server 4.0 to Products. 01/25/2012 - Added link to information about SQL agent jobs in vSphere 5.0. 04/20/2012 - Added new Step 9 to SQL jobs section 03/05/2013 - Added note for Step 9 04/08/2013 - Added note to back up vCenter Server database 10/08/2013 - Title change to KB 2033096. 11/11/2013 - Added vCenter Server 5.5 to Products.

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