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vSPhere Client cannot connect to vcenter after power cut

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Hi,

In my office, we have a git repository on a vmware virtual machine hosted on an ESXi 4 virtual server.  This virtual server is on a dedicated machine.

Normally the git machine is administered via vSphere client.

After a power cut the other day i can no longer access the virtual machine via vSphere and the git repo is unavailable to me.  

When i try to ping the git vm my router replies that the host is unreachable.  I can ping the ESXi vserver on which the git vm resides.  

I have restarted both the management and network agents on the ESXi.

I can putty into the ESXi.

From what i've researched it seems that my vcenter service ("vmware-vpxa" )isn't running.  However i can't see such a service, running or not, on my ESXi.  I've looked in /etc/init.d but it's not there.  In /etc/vmware/service/service.xml "vmware-vpxa" is mentioned:
<ConfigRoot>
  <!-- Known & blessed services -->
  <service id="0000">
    <id>vmware-vpxa</id>
    <required>false</required>
    <uninstallable>false</uninstallable>
    <ruleset>vpxHeartbeat</ruleset>
  </service>
  <service id="0001">
    <id>ntpd</id>
    <required>false</required>
    <uninstallable>false</uninstallable>
    <ruleset>ntpClient</ruleset>
  </service>
</ConfigRoot>

I suspect that the solution is incredibly simple but I'm out of ideas.
Can anyone help, please?
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Run the vSphere client, connect to the ESXi host, and power on the VM.

To install the vSphere client, just point a web browser at https://esxi-host and then select the option to download and install the client.
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VCenter can be a Windows server, or a virtual appliance.  It only manages the ESXi hosts.  The ESXi hosts provide the virtualization services (compute).
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Hi,

I downloaded and installed the client from esxi-host, got to the vCenter and restarted the machine.  I don't understand why i couldn't connect to the ESXi host with the vSphere client that was already installed on my machine but i'm very happy that the problem is solved.  Thank you very much for your help.
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Rapid.
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Likely your vSphere client was too new; the ESXi host was an older version, which requires the correct vSphere client version to be installed.
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