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.


Verify that the virtual machine is powered off.


  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 start, select Power On.


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