The basic power operations for a virtual machine include powering on, powering off, suspending, and reset.

For information about how to change the virtual machine power states, see Configure the Virtual Machine Power States in the VMware Host Client.


  • Verify that you have the VirtualMachine.Interaction.PowerOn privilege.
  • Verify that you have the VirtualMachine.Interaction.PowerOff privilege.
  • Verify that you have the VirtualMachine.Interaction.Suspend privilege.
  • Verify that you have the VirtualMachine.Interaction.Reset privilege.


  1. In the VMware Host Client inventory, click Virtual Machines.
  2. Right-click a virtual machine and select a power operation.
    Option Description
    Power On (power on) Powers on a virtual machine when the virtual machine is stopped.
    Power off (power off) Powers off a virtual machine and shuts down the guest operating system. Powering off a virtual machine might cause loss of data.
    Suspend (suspend) Suspends a running virtual machine and leaves it connected to the network. When you resume a suspended virtual machine, the virtual machine continues operating at the same point the virtual machine was at when it was suspended.
    Reset () Shuts down and restarts the guest operating system without powering off the virtual machine.