Cannot Start vCenter Server Service after upgrading to Windows Server 2012

The VMware VirtualCenter Server has a dependency on the ProtectedStorage Service that has been depreciated with the release of Windows Server 2012.

Solution: To get the VMware Services running, you can simply remove that dependeny using the Registry Key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\vpxd

Modify the value “DependOnService” and remove the line “ProtectedStorage

Event Details:

Log Name: System
Source: Service Control Manager
Date: 2/20/2013 1:39:26 PM
Event ID: 7003
Task Category: None
Level: Error
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Computer:
Description:
The VMware VirtualCenter Server service depends on the following service: ProtectedStorage. This service might not be installed.
Event Xml:
<Event xmlns=”http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event”>
<System>
<Provider Name=”Service Control Manager” Guid=”{555908d1-a6d7-4695-8e1e-26931d2012f4}” EventSourceName=”Service Control Manager” />
<EventID Qualifiers=”49152″>7003</EventID>
<Version>0</Version>
<Level>2</Level>
<Task>0</Task>
<Opcode>0</Opcode>
<Keywords>0x8080000000000000</Keywords>
<TimeCreated SystemTime=”2013-02-20T12:39:26.497680200Z” />
<EventRecordID>147079</EventRecordID>
<Correlation />
<Execution ProcessID=”560″ ThreadID=”2340″ />
<Channel>System</Channel>
<Computer>MICROSYS01.microtom.net</Computer>
<Security />
</System>
<EventData>
<Data Name=”param1″>VMware VirtualCenter Server</Data>
<Data Name=”param2″>ProtectedStorage</Data>
<Binary>76007000780064000000</Binary>
</EventData>
</Event>

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