Cannot Start a VM – A general system error occurred: Connection refused

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June 11, 2018 by aubreykloppers

The error referenced in the title was one I ran into today while trying to start some VMs.  I finally found a KB somewhat related to this issue and the workaround did the trick for me.

Basically, the vCenter Workflow Manager service had stopped on my vCenter server.  In my case, I’m running the 6.0.0 vApp so I had to open an SSH session and enter the following:

– shell.set –enabled true
– shell
– service-control –status vmware-vpx-workflow
   (this command confirmed the service was stopped)
– service-control –start vmware-vpx-workflow

Once running, I was able to start VMs again from vCenter.

Not sure why this was so hard to find in a web search but hopefully the search engines will pick up this blog post and save people some time!

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