You should back up the Inventory Service database as part of your regular vCenter Server database administration.

To move the Inventory Service database to a different host machine, back up the database on the source machine and restore the database on the destination machine.


  • Consult your database administrator about backing up and restoring databases.
  • Verify that you have system administrator privileges to perform backup or restore operations.


  1. On the source machine, open a console and run the service vmware-inventoryservice stop command to stop the Inventory Service before you restore the Inventory Service database.
  2. On the source machine, open a command prompt in the vCenter Server and change the directory to /usr/lib/vmware-vpx/inventoryservice/scripts/.
  3. Run the following command to back up the Inventory Service database.
    ./ -file backup_file_name
    When the backup operation finishes, the message Backup completed successfully appears.

What to do next

See Restore an Inventory Service Database Backup on Linux.