You can restore a backup of your Inventory Service database for disaster recovery, after a vCenter Server upgrade, or to move the database to a new machine.

Before you begin

  • Consult your database administrator about backing up and restoring databases.

  • Verify that you have system administrator privileges to perform backup or restore operations.

About this task

The machine that you back up the database from is the source machine. The machine that you restore the database to is the destination machine.


  1. On the destination 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 destination 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 at the prompt to restore the Inventory Service database.

    ./ -backup backup_file_name

    When the restore operation finishes, the message The Restore completed successfully message appears at the command prompt.