Restart Management agents in ESXi Using Direct Console User Interface (DCUI):

  1. Connect to the console of your ESXi host.
  2. Press F2 to customize the system.
  3. Log in as root.
  4. Use the Up/Down arrows to navigate to Troubleshooting Options > Restart Management Agents.
  5. Press Enter.
  6. Press F11 to restart the services.
  7. When the service restarts, press Enter.
  8. Press Esc to log out.

Note: You can also restart services using the Host Client. In Host Client, select Host >> Manage >> Services and select the service to restart.

Restart Management agents in ESXi Using ESXi Shell or Secure Shell (SSH):
  1. Log in to ESXi Shell or SSH as root.

    For Enabling ESXi Shell or SSH, see Using ESXi Shell in ESXi 5.x and 6.x (2004746).

  2. Restart the ESXi host daemon and vCenter Agent services using these commands:

    /etc/init.d/hostd restart

    /etc/init.d/vpxa restart

Note: In ESXi 4.x, run this command to restart the vpxa agent:

service vmware-vpxa restart

Alternatively:

  • To reset the management network on a specific VMkernel interface, by default vmk0, run the command:

    esxcli network ip interface set -e false -i vmk0; esxcli network ip interface set -e true -i vmk0

    Note: Using a semicolon (;) between the two commands ensures the VMkernel interface is disabled and then re-enabled in succession. If the management interface is not running on vmk0, change the above command according to the VMkernel interface used.

  • To restart all management agents on the host, run the command:

    services.sh restart


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