ESXi host hangs on “usbarbitrator starting”

While upgrading our ESXi 4.1 hosts to ESXi 5.5 I found that the host would hang for almost a half hour on “usbarbitrator starting”. I did a little research and found this article http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1023976. It said that you should disable the usbarbitrator service.

Start the ESX host and enter the following command at the Linux service console command line:
chkconfig usbarbitrator off

After I did that and rebooted the host, it was a much faster boot time and I was much happier.

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3 Responses to ESXi host hangs on “usbarbitrator starting”

  1. Dave says:

    what does the service do?

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