Today I ran into a strange issue with my vCenter Server which resulted in the inability to maintain the vCenter inventory. I could logon to vCenter but simply the inventory was gone? How? Until today everything was fine with no issues at all? Even after a restart, the problem remained!

Luckily VMware support pointed me in the right direction with this article, which was the %SystemDrive% free space. It went down during this wekend and ended below 5% free space, causing VMware to showdown the database. Indications for this behaviour can be found in the logfile vpxd-####.log, located in the directory '%allusersprofile%\VMware\vCenterServer\logs\vmware-vpx':

2018-12-03T08:48:08.294+01:00 error vpxd[10100] [Originator@6876 sub=vpxdVdb] Shutting down the VC as there is not enough free space for the Database(used: 95%; threshold: 95%).
2018-12-03T08:48:08.295+01:00 info vpxd[10100] [Originator@6876 sub=Default] Initiating VMware VirtualCenter shutdown

After a thorough cleanup of the indicated disk and a restart of the server the vCenter Server showed all entries in the inventory again.

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