vSphere – The ‘VMware VirtualCenter Service’ will not start


KB ID 0000526 Dtd 25/10/11


I tried to logon to my vCenter this afternoon (Server 2008 R2) and could not get on, I connected to the server to find it was up but the “VMware VirtualCenter Server” service was not running. So I tried to start it and got the following error,

vcenter service wont start

Error: Windows could not start the VMware VirtualCenter Server on Local Computer. For more information, review the System Event Log. If this is a non-Microsoft service, contact the service vendor, and refer to service-specific error code 2

As suggested I went to the event viewer and opened the system log. All it yielded was a standard 7024 Service could not start error.

vcenter service wont start

vcenter service wont start

Log Name: System Source: Service Control Manager Date: 25/10/2011 14:48:21 Event ID: 7024 Task Category: None Level: Error Keywords: Classic User: N/A Computer: My-VCenter.MyDomain.com Description: The VMware VirtualCenter Server service terminated with service-specific error The system cannot find the file specified. The VMware VirtualCenter Server service terminated with service-specific error 2 (0×2)


As it turned out,this problem was related to having IIS on the server (Virtual Center runs Apache web server).

1. Click Start > In the search/run box type > Services.msc {enter}

2. Locate the IIS Admin Service > Stop and Disable it.

vcenter service wont start

3.Locate the “World Wide Publishing” Service and stop and disable that also (Note: You can fix this problem by disabling this service only but lets have a belt and braces approach).

vcenter service wont start

4. Now you can start the “VMware Virtual Center Server” service.

vcenter service wont start


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