There’s an issue with using the SQL 2012 client with vCenter 5.0U2. So as a workaround I installed the SQL 2008 native client on a Server 2012 installed vCenter to connect to a SQL 2012 database on a Server 2012 server.
- Download Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Management Studio Express.
- Run the installation program and ignore any warnings. Once inside the installations center screen select “Options” and take note of the Installation Media Root Directory.
- Navigate to this directory and then drill down to \x64\setup\x64 and copy the sqlncli.msi to a temporary location on your system.
- Run sqlncli.msi.