Powering on a virtual machine is the equivalent of powering on a physical machine.

You cannot power on a virtual machine that has guest customization enabled unless the virtual machine has a current version of VMware Tools installed.


The virtual machine is powered off.


  1. On the Virtual Datacenters dashboard screen, click the card of the virtual data center you want to explore and select Virtual Machines from the left panel.
  2. Click Card Icon to view the list in a card view and, optionally, filter the list of virtual machines from the Look in drop-down menu.
  3. From the Actions menu of the virtual machine you want to start, select Power On.


A powered-on virtual machine displays a Powered on status in green.