With the VMware Host Client, you can manage the guest operating system of a virtual machine. You can install and upgrade VMware Tools, shut down, reboot, and change the configured guest operating system.
Shut Down or Restart a Guest Operating System by Using the VMware Host Client
Install VMware Tools on a virtual machine to be able to shut down and restart the guest operating system on that virtual machine.
- ♦ Click Virtual Machines in the VMware Host Client inventory, select a virtual machine, and select your task.
- To shut down a virtual machine, right-click the virtual machine and select .
- To restart a virtual machine, right-click the virtual machine and select .
Change the Guest Operating System in the VMware Host Client
When you change the guest operating system type in the virtual machine settings, you change the setting for the guest operating system in the configuration file of the virtual machine. To change the guest operating system itself, you must install the new operating system in the virtual machine.
When you set the guest operating system type for a new virtual machine, vCenter Server applies configuration defaults based on the type of guest operating system. Changing the guest operating system type setting affects the available ranges and recommendations of the virtual machine settings.
Power off the virtual machine.
- In the VMware Host Client inventory, right-click the virtual machine and select Edit Settings.
- Click the VM Options tab and expand General Options.
- Select a guest operating system type and version.
If you choose a Windows OS version that supports VBS and if the virtual machine's compatibility is ESXi 6.7 and later, the VBS row appears on the VM Options tab.
- (Optional) Click the Enable Virtualization Based Security to enable VBS.
Important: Enabling VBS requires that you use EFI to boot the virtual machine. Changing the firmware might make the guest OS unbootable.
- Click Save to apply your changes.