I got this strange error message when I was configuring the VMware vCentre server appliance in my ESXi server test lab. The message read
“VPXD must be stopped to perform this operation”
On digging out I found this is the Virtual Centre Sever service. In order to change the database or the account settings the vcenter service should not be running. We can disable it from the following page on the webconsole of the VMware vcentre server appliance .
vCenter Server-> Status -> then click on stop vcenter.
In my case it was not working so I had to login to the console of the VMware vcentre server appliance using ssh. The login credentials are the same as root/vmware.
Type the command
and it will display all the services with their status. You can verify in the next screenshot that VPXD i.e vmware-vxpd is on.
We can disable the VPXD service using the following command.
chkconfig vmware-vpxd off
Now hope the error is resolved and you will not get error “VPXD must be stopped to perform this operation”