High CPU utilization by Symantec Service Management Framework Service (VxSMF.exe)

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The Symantec Service Management Framework Service (VxSMF.exe) looks cyclically for a Symantec Licensing Server and, if the Licensing Server is not reachable or if it simply does not exists, the process can consume a great amount of CPU.


If a Symantec Licensing Server is not present or available, VxSMF can consume system resources including high CPU usage.


If Licensing is managed locally in any single system, the Symantec Management Framework Service is not needed and it can be deactivated with these easy steps:

  • Open the Services console (run services.msc from a command prompt)
  • Locate the Symantec Service Management Framework Service and double-click on it
  • Set the "Startup Type" Field to "Disabled" and click OK.
  • Close the Services console and open a Task Manager (run taskmgr from a command prompt)
  • In the Processes Panel, locate the vxsmf.exe process, select it and click on the button "End Process"
  • Repeat the latest step for any occurrence of the process, if needed.
  • Close the Task Manager

These steps can be applied even in clustered systems with no further precaution.
It will not cause any failure on any resource, nor any disconnection at Volume/disk level.

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