You can use the vSphere Web Client to stop the vCenter Server.

About this task

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. Log in to the vSphere Web Client with a vCenter Single Sign-on administrator account.
  2. Navigate to Administration > Deployment > System Configuration and click Services to view the list of all services within the vCenter Server system.
  3. Right-click VMware vCenter Server, select Stop.