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ODBC Error Installing VMware vSphere.

Applies to: SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition, VMware vSphere 4.0, Windows Server 2008 R2.


Problem Description.

While installing VMware vSphere 4.0 on Windows Server 2008 R2, the following error appeared on screen:

VMware vCenter Server
The DSN, 'vcenter' does not exist or is not a 32 bit system DSN. vCenter Server requires a 32 bit system DSN.

We created a user DSN and a system DSN using Control panel -> Administrative Tools -> Data Sources(ODBC) but vSphere could not see those newly created DSNs.


vSphere is requiring a 32-bit DSN to be introduced on the "Database Options" page of vSphere setup, but the application "Data Sources (ODBC)" in Administrative Tools only creates 64-bit DSNs.


Please create your 32-bit DSN for vSphere using the following 32-bit ODBC Administrator Tool:



Before running vSphere setup change the recovery model of the SQL Server database you created for vSphere to be "simple".


The 32-bit version of the ODBC Administrator tool and the 64-bit version of the ODBC Administrator tool display both the 32-bit user DSNs and the 64-bit user DSNs in a 64-bit version of the Windows operating system.



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