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vCenter Server services stop-start order

Hello friends today working with my one of client i found that the vsphere client was not able to connect to the vcenter server. I tried many times but got failed. I also tried by restarting the vcenter server which is on windows server. I researched on net & found that there is sequence of starting & stopping of vcenter service which needs to be followed to proper start the vcenter server. So after restarting the services in order i was successfully able to connect to vcenter server. so i thought to share this information because many times it is useful to know how the vcenter service starts.

So let’s see first the stop sequence for vcenter server :
In this you will come to know how to stop the vCenter service from first to last.

Services Stop order:

  1. vmcad (VMware Certificate Service)
  2. vmdird (VMware Directory Service)
  3. vmkdcd (VMware Kdc Service)
  4. vmware-inventory (VMware vCenter Inventory Service)
  5. vmware-logbrowser (VMware vSphere Log Browser)
  6. vmware-netdumper (VMware vSphere Network Dump Collector service)
  7. vmware-vpxd (VMware VirtualCenter Server Service)
  8. vsphere-client (VMware vSphere Web Client)
  9. vmware-stsd (VMware Secure Token Service)
  10. vmware-sts-idmd (VMware Identity Management Service)


Services Start order:

  1. vmcad (VMware Certificate Service)
  2. vmdird (VMware Directory Service)
  3. vmkdcd (VMware Kdc Service)
  4. vmware-netdumper (VMware vSphere Network Dump Collector service)
  5. vmware-sts-idmd (VMware Identity Management Service)
  6. vmware-stsd (VMware Secure Token Service)
  7. vmware-inventory (VMware vCenter Inventory Service)
  8. vmware-logbrowser (VMware vSphere Log Browser)
  9. vmware-vpxd (VMware VirtualCenter Server Service)
  10. vsphere-client (VMware vSphere Web Client)

This applies to both vCenter server for Windows as well as vCenter server appliance.

Note:- This was tested with the vSphere 5.5

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Mayur Parmar

Hi I am Mayur Parmar. Independent Author & Founder of Mastering VMware. I am working in IT industry for more than 4 Years with knowledge of VMware , Microsoft Server's, Linux Server's.

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