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Enabling Microsoft SQL Clustering Service for VMware vCenter Server 5.5 database and later (2059560)

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This article provides steps to enable support for Microsoft SQL Clustering Service (MSCS) for the VMware vCenter Server 5.5 and later database.

This is a new feature in vSphere 5.5 that allows you to use MSCS to back the vCenter Server database instance.


To enable the Microsoft SQL Clustering Service functionality on your vCenter Server:
  1. Connect to vCenter Server and navigate to:

    • vCenter Server 5.5: C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\
    • vCenter Server 6.0: C:\ProgramData\VMware\vCenterServer\cfg\vmware-vpx

  2. Create a backup of the current vpxd.cfg file.

    Note: Do not skip this step.

  3. Stop the VMware vCenter Server service. For more information, see Stopping, starting, or restarting vCenter services (1003895).
  4. Open the vpxd.cfg file in a text editor.
  5. Set the recoverForAllError parameter to true:


    Note: Add the above entry if it is not present in vpxd.cfg file already.

  6. Save and close the vpxd.cfg file.
  7. Start the VMware vCenter Server service.

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