start process

start process name {msm slot}


Starts the specified process on the switch. Used to restart a process after it has been terminated.

Syntax Description

name Specifies the name of the process to start. You can start the following processes:

bgp, eaps exsshd, isis, lldp, netLogin, netTools, ospf, snmpMaster, snmpSubagent, telnetd, thttpd, tftpd, vrrp, xmld

slot On a SummitStack, specifies the node‘s slot number. The number is a value from 1 to 8.



Usage Guidelines

Use this command after you have stopped a process and you want to restart it. To stop a process, use the terminate process command.

You are unable to start a process that is already running. If you try to start a currently running process, an error message similar to the following appears:

Error: Process telnetd already exists!

Depending on the software version running on your switch and the type of switch you have, you can restart different or additional processes. To see which processes you can restart, enter start process followed by [Tab]. The switch displays a list of available processes.

To display the status of ExtremeXOS processes on the switch, including how many times a process has been restarted, use the show process {name} {detail} {description} {slotslotid} command.

You can also use the start process command when upgrading a software modular package. For more information, see the section Upgrading a Modular Software Package in the Switch Engine 32.2 User Guide .

SummitStack Only

You can issue this command only from the master node. If you issue this command from any other node, the following message appears:

Error: Processes created by user can only be started on the primary node slot.


After you stop a process, do not change the configuration on the switch until you start the process again. A new process loads the configuration that was saved prior to stopping the process. Changes made between a process termination and a process start are lost, and error messages can result when you start the new process.


The following restarts the process tftpd:

start process tftpd


This command was first available in ExtremeXOS 11.0.

Support for restarting the Link Layer Discovery Protocol (lldp), Open Shortest Path First (ospf), and network login (netLogin) processes was added in ExtremeXOS 11.3.

Support for restarting the Border Gateway Protocol (bgp) was added in ExtremeXOS 11.4.

Support for restarting netTools was added in ExtremeXOS 12.4.

Platform Availability

This command is available on ExtremeSwitching 5320, 5420, 5520, and 5720 series switches.