vSphere – The ‘VMware VirtualCenter Service’ will not start

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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

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
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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