vCenter Server is a Windows service. You can use the Windows interface to select the service and stop it.

You should not have to stop the vCenter Server service. The vCenter Server should operate without interruption. Continuous operation ensures that all monitoring and task activities are performed as expected.


  1. Go to the Services console for your version of Windows.
    For example, select Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services.
  2. Click VMware vCenter Server Service.
  3. Right-click VMware vCenter Server, select Stop, and wait for it to stop.
  4. Close the Properties dialog box.