You can enable or disable services from the vSphere Client.

After installation, certain services are running by default, while others are stopped. Sometimes, additional setup is necessary before a service becomes available in the UI. For example, the NTP service is a way of getting accurate time information, but this service only works when required ports are opened in the firewall.


Connect to vCenter Server with the vSphere Client.


  1. Browse to a host in the inventory.
  2. Click Configure, then click Services under System.
  3. Select the service you want to change.
    1. Select Restart, Start, or Stop for a one-time change to the host's status.
    2. To change the status of the host across reboots, click Edit Startup Policy and select a policy.
    • Start and stop with host: The service starts shortly after the host starts, and closes shortly before the host shuts down. Much like Start and stop with port usage, this option means that the service regularly attempts to complete its tasks, such as contacting the specified NTP server. If the port was closed but is later opened, the client begins completing its tasks shortly thereafter.
    • Start and stop manually: The host preserves the user-determined service settings, regardless of whether ports are open or not. When a user starts the NTP service, that service is kept running if the host is powered on. If the service is started and the host is powered off, the service is stopped as part of the shutdown process. When the host is powered on, the service is started again, preserving the user-determined state.
    • Start and stop with port usage: The default setting for these services. If any port is open, the client attempts to contact the network resources for the service. If some ports are open, but the port for a particular service is closed, the attempt fails. If and when the applicable outgoing port is opened, the service begins completing its startup.
    Note: These settings apply only to service settings that are configured through the UI or to applications that are created with the vSphere Web Services SDK. Configurations made through other means, such as from the ESXi Shell or with configuration files, are not affected by these settings.
  4. Click OK.