vSphere 4 Web Access Now Disabled

Posted: June 18, 2009 in Tips and Tricks, VMware

Last night I decided to browse to my vSphere server and download the latest Virtual Infrastructure client, I did this and everything went well – Too easy.

After installing this and having a play with vcenter 4, I decided to try web access so I browsed back to the default page as shown below.


I clicked on the “Log into Web Access” button and got the following error ” 503 service unavailable”


I then logged into my vSphere host and run the following command

chkconfig –list |grep “vmware-web” (double dash before list, not sure why but the font doesnt show this clearly)

Heres what I found


It now looks like Web Access is no longer automatically enabled and you have to perform the following command to make to start at boot.

chkconfig –level 345 vmware-webAccess on

and if you just want to start it the once you can run

/etc/init.d/vmware-webAccess start or service vmware-webAccess start

Hope this helps anyone out there searching.

  1. Angel says:

    Muchas gracias me has salvado…

    Thank you.


  2. Pat says:

    Hi, thanks a lot, but you forgot a minus it must read: –list (..)

    chkconfig –-list |grep “vmware-web”



    • Brian Norris says:

      Thanks Pat, I had a look and updated the post, the syntax was correct but for some reason the double dashes with the font used shows as a single. Thanks for pointing this out.

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