VMware:VirtualCenter service does not start automatically after reboot


After installing some Windows updates on my XP VM, where I have VC 2.5 u3 on installed, VC wouldn’t start anymore.
VC didn’t give me any error so i went looking on the internet for an solution, and i found one:

Adding a dependency to the VirtualCenter service so that it waits for SQL Express remedies this.
To create a service dependency:
  1. Click Start > Run.
  2. Type services.msc and press Enter.
  3. Locate the SQL Express instance for VirtualCenter. For example, SQL Server (SQLEXP_VIM).
  4. Open the SQL Express instance and note the Service Name. For example, MSSQL$SQLEXP_VIM .
  5. In the Run dialog, type Regedit.exe and press Enter. Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\vpxd .
  6. Double-click the DependOnService key and add the Service name using the name identified in step 4.
  7. Close Regedit .
  8. Go back to the Services Panel and open the SQL Server properties.
  9. On the Dependencies tab, verify the VMware VirtualCenter service is listed as depending on the SQL service instance

With the above actions I have solved the issue.

For more info see the VMware KB: http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1007669

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