VMware – Canot Shutdown VM ( another task in progress)

Posted: April 6, 2010 in VMware

I tried to do a shutdown of a VM from VirtualCenter (vSphere client) only to recieve an error: “another task is already in progress”.

Looking through my event-log in VirtualCenter, I saw that an earlier task (a cloning of same VM) had failed due to a timout.

The solution seems to be to log into the ESX servers service console and stop and start the mgmt-vmware service by doing:

# service mgmt-vmware stop

wait 30 seconds or so and start the service again

# service mgmt-vmware start

It seems that the wait is important. A mere “# service mgmg-vmware restart” did not resolve the issue.

This procedure will temporarily disconnect your esx-server, and VM’s running on, it from Virtual Center but otherwise it will not disturb your operation.

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