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How to restart ESXi Management agent

DCUI method:

  1. Connect to ESXi host (by using a local monitor connected to the server, iDRAC/iLO virtual console)
  2. Press F2, provide the credentials (Login as Root)
  3. Go to Troubleshooting, Navigate to Restart Management Agents

Local console or SSH

Method 1: No downtime to VMs

/sbin/ restart

Above will restart all the management agents, hostd, ntpd, sfcbd, slpd, wsman, vodb

Method 2:

    /etc/init.d/hostd restart

    /etc/init.d/vpxa restart

Method 3:

    service mgmt-vmware restart

    service vmware-vpxa rest

If Automatic Startup/shutdown is enabled on VMs , virtual machine may restart.

Different between /sbin/ restart and   /etc/init.d/hostd restart

the restart will restart all the management components listed above at the same time

While hostd restart only hostd components

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