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Verifying that the vCenter Server Agent Service is running on an ESX host

Purpose

For troubleshooting purposes, it may be necessary to verify if the vCenter Server Agent Service (vmware-vpxa) is running. This article provides you with the steps to check if the Agent Service is running on your ESX host.

Resolution

To verify if the vCenter Server Agent Service (vmware-vpxa) is running:
  1. Log in to your ESX host as root, from an SSH session or directly from the console of the server.
  2. Type ps -ef | grep vpxa .
  3. Press Enter.
  4. Type logout and press Enter to disconnect from the ESX host after you have reviewed the output.
If vmware-vpxa is running, you see output similar to:
 
[root@server]# ps -ef | grep vpxa
root     24663     1  0 15:44 ?        00:00:00 /bin/sh /opt/vmware/vpxa/bin/vmware-watchdog -s vpxa -u 30 -q 5 /opt/vmware/vpxa/sbin/vpxa
root     26639 24663  0 21:03 ?        00:00:00 /opt/vmware/vpxa/vpx/vpxa
root     26668 26396  0 21:23 pts/3    00:00:00 grep vpxa
[root@server]#

If vmware-vpxa is not running, you see output similar to:
 
[root@server]# ps -ef | grep vpxa
root     26709 26396  0 21:24 pts/3    00:00:00 grep vpxa
[root@server]#

Based on VMware KB 1003495


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