"Unsupported database driver sqlncli.dll" error when upgrading vCenter Server 6.0
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"Unsupported database driver sqlncli.dll" error when upgrading vCenter Server 6.0


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VMware vCenter Server


  • Upgrading to vCenter Server 6.0 fails, you see an error similar to:
Error: Unsupported database driver: c:\Windows\System32\sqlncli.dll Resolution: Verify you're using vCenter Server with supported driver.
  • When upgrading to vCenter Server 5.5 or earlier versions, you may see the warning:

    DSN is pointing to a unsupported ODBC driver


VMware vCenter Server 5.5.x
VMware vCenter Server 4.1.x
VMware vCenter Server 6.0.x
VMware vCenter Server 4.0.x
VMware vCenter Server 5.1.x
VMware vCenter Server 6.5.x
VMware vCenter Server 5.0.x


This issue occurs if the ODBC connection is using an outdated SQL Native Client.


To resolve the Unsupported database driver sqlncli.dll issue in vCenter Server, ensure that following ODBC drivers and clients are used when connecting to databases.

When using:
Note: If any other driver that are not listed is detected, it produces the symptoms described.
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Additional Information

You can download a newer version from Microsoft's SQL Server 2008 R2 Feature Pack using these links. Select the download appropriate to your vCenter Server and install it:
  • X86 Package
  • X64 Package
  • AI64 Package

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