The simplest way to assign permissions for a vCenter Server database user is through the database role db_owner.

About this task

You must first create a database and user for vCenter Server. Then you can use the existing dbo_owner database role and let the vCenter Server installer create the default dbo schema that assigns database user permissions to that role. You must also enable database monitoring for the user before you install vCenter Server. See Database Permission Requirements for vCenter Server.

To perform the following procedure, you can either use the graphical user interface or run scripts. The vCenter Server installer package contains example scripts in the vCenter-Server\dbschema\DB_and_schema_creation_scripts_PostgreSQL.txt file.

Procedure

  1. Create a database and user for vCenter Server.
    1. In the master database, create a database for vCenter Server.
    2. Create a database user for vCenter Server and map it to the vCenter Server and msdb databases.

    For example, to create the database VCDB and user vpxuser, you can run the following script:

    use master
    go 
    CREATE DATABASE VCDB ON PRIMARY 
    (NAME = N'vcdb', FILENAME = N'C:\database_path\VCDB.mdf', SIZE = 10MB, FILEGROWTH = 10% ) 
    LOG ON 
    (NAME = N'vcdb_log', FILENAME = N'C:\database_path\VCDB.ldf', SIZE = 1000KB, FILEGROWTH = 10%) 
    COLLATE SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS 
    go
    use VCDB 
    go 
    CREATE LOGIN vpxuser WITH PASSWORD=N'vpxuser!0', DEFAULT_DATABASE=VCDB, DEFAULT_LANGUAGE=us_english, CHECK_POLICY=OFF
    go 
    CREATE USER vpxuser for LOGIN vpxuser
    go
    use MSDB
    go
    CREATE USER vpxuser for LOGIN vpxuser
    go

    You now have a Microsoft SQL Server database that you can use with vCenter Server.

  2. Assign the db_owner role to the vCenter Server database user on both the vCenter Server and msdb databases.

    For example, to assign the db_owner role to the vpxuser user, you can run the following script:

    use VCDB
    go
    sp_addrolemember @rolename = 'db_owner', @membername = 'vpxuser'
    go
    use MSDB
    go
    sp_addrolemember @rolename = 'db_owner', @membername = 'vpxuser'
    go
  3. Enable database monitoring for the vCenter Server database user.

    For example, to grant database disk size monitoring permissions to the vpxuser user, you can run the following script:

    use master
    go
    grant VIEW SERVER STATE to vpxuser
    go
    GRANT VIEW ANY DEFINITION TO vpxuser
    go

Results

When you install vCenter Server, the installer uses the default dbo schema to assign permissions to the db_owner role.