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Restarting the Management agents on ESXi

To restart the management agents on ESXi:
From the Direct Console User Interface (DCUI):

Connect to the console of your ESXi host.
Press F2 to customize the system.
Log in as root.
Use the Up/Down arrows to navigate to Restart Management Agents.

Note: In ESXi 4.1 and ESXi 5.0, 5.1 and 5.5, this option is available under Troubleshooting Options.

Press Enter.
Press F11 to restart the services.
When the service has been restarted, press Enter.
Press Esc to log out of the system.

From the Local Console or SSH:
Log in to SSH or Local console as root.
Run 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

Note: For more information about restarting the management service on an ESXi host, see Service mgmt-vmware restart may not restart hostd in ESX/ESXi (1005566).