Suspending a virtual machine saves its current state. When you resume the virtual machine, applications that were running before the virtual machine was suspended resume in their running state and their content is unchanged.

About this task

How quickly the suspend and resume operations perform depends on how much data changed after you started the virtual machine. The first suspend typically takes longer than subsequent suspend operations.

Procedure

  • To suspend a virtual machine, select Virtual Machine > Power > Suspend and click Yes to confirm.

    If soft power operations are configured for the virtual machine in Workstation Player, Suspend Guest appears in the menu instead of Suspend.

    Workstation Player returns the virtual machine to the library in the Suspended state.

  • To resume a suspended virtual machine, select the virtual machine and select Virtual Machine > Power > Play Virtual Machine.
  • To set the Workstation Player preferences to suspend the virtual machine when you close the virtual machine window, select Player > File > Preferences and then select Suspend the virtual machine.