Suspending a virtual machine preserves its current state by writing the memory to disk.

The suspend and resume feature is useful when you want to save the current state of your virtual machine and continue work later from the same state.


The virtual machine is powered on.


  1. On the Virtual Data Center dashboard screen, click the card of the virtual data center you want to explore and from the left panel, select Virtual Machines.
  2. Click Card Icon to view the list in a card view and, optionally, arrange the list of virtual machines from the Sort by drop-down menu.
  3. From the Actions menu of the virtual machine you want to suspend, select Suspend.


The virtual machine is suspended, but its state is preserved.