Executing management tasks on VMware Virtual Machines

You can perform a variety of management tasks on the VMware virtual machine, such as starting and stopping the virtual machine.

  1. In the Servers folder, right-click a VMware vCenter server, select Browse, and expand the Live node.
  2. Expand the VMware vCenter Server server object type and then expand the Virtual Machines node. The Virtual Machines node shows all virtual machines configured within the VMware vCenter server. The icon for the virtual machine indicates the current status.

    Task

    Description

    Running

    Stopped

    Disabled

    Orphaned
    A virtual machine is considered orphaned (or unregistered) if it exists in the vCenter database but is no longer present on the ESX Server host. A virtual machine could also be orphaned if it exists on a different ESX host than the one expected by the vCenter.

  3. Right-click a virtual machine. From the pop-up menu, select any of the management tasks described in the following table.

    Task

    Description

    Snapshot or Audit

    See Running Snapshot, Audit, and Compliance Jobs on virtual infrastructure.

    Start

    Start a virtual machine and run any scripts that are configured to run when the machine starts.

    Stop

    Run any power-down scripts and then stop a virtual machine.

    Suspend

    Pause a virtual machine that is running.

    Reset

    Stop and restart a virtual machine. This procedure runs any power-down scripts before the virtual machine stops, and it runs any power-on scripts after the virtual machine restarts.

    Snapshotvm

    See Saving a virtual server's state.

    Delete

    Delete a virtual machine.

    Properties

    Displays a read-only view of the virtual machine properties, such as path, power status, connection state, and so on.

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