Use the cell command of the cell management tool to suspend the task scheduler so that new tasks cannot be started, to check the status of active tasks, and to shut down the cell gracefully.

To manage a cell, use a command line with the following form:

cell-management-tool -u sysadmin-username -p sysadmin-password cell command


Username of a vCloud Director system administrator.


Password of the vCloud Director system administrator.


cell subcommand.

Cell Management Tool Options and Arguments, cell Subcommand




--help (-h)


Provides a summary of available commands in this category.

--quiesce (-q)

true or false

Quiesces activity on the cell. The argument true suspends the scheduler. The argument false restarts the scheduler.

--shutdown (-s)


Shuts down vCloud Director services on the server.

--status (-t)


Displays information about the number of jobs running on the cell and the status of the cell.

The following cell-management-tool command line supplies system administrator credentials and returns the count of running jobs. When the Job count value is 0 and the Is Active value is false, you can safely shut down the cell.

[root@cell1 /opt/vmware/vcloud-director/bin]# ./cell-management-tool -u administrator -p Pa55w0rd cell --status
Job count = 3
Is Active = true