7th December 2021

How to Restart “ESX Management Agents” Service?

We may need to restart the management agent in order to deal with the problems we experience from time to time on our ESX hosts in your Vmware infrastructure. In this article, we will tell you how to do this both via the GUI and with SSH.

“Management Agents” Restart Over SSH

First, we will explain step by step how to do it through the GUI, that is, the physical interface. The first step to restart management agents is to connect to our physical ESX host. Then we press the F2 key. The host’s username and password screen appear.

ESX host
ESX host
ESX host
ESX host

 

When we enter the information, a screen like the one below will open. In this menu, we enter “Troubleshooting Options“.

Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting

 

On this screen, we enter the restart management agents.

management agent
Management agent

 

On the screen that comes up, we restart the “management agents” service with F11.

management agents
Management agents

 

Connecting to ESX Host

The second method is to do this by connecting to your ESX host via SSH. For this, first of all, the SSH service of the host you will connect to via SSH must be turned on. While in vcenter, you should come to the configure tab by hovering over your host. In the menu on the left, in the “Services” tab, we select “SSH” from the drop-down menu. Click the “Start” button at the top.

SSH service
SSH service

 

Then we connect to our host with the Putty software via SSH. We enter our user and password information.

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user and password
user and password

 

Finally, we run the following two commands to restart the “management agents”. In this way, our process will be completed.

 

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