VMWare Command Line Starting Machines

ESXi 5.x

To power on a virtual machine from the command line:

  1. List the inventory ID of the virtual machine with the command:
    vim-cmd vmsvc/getallvms |grep <vm name>

    Note: The first column of the output shows the vmid.
     

  2. Check the power state of the virtual machine with the command:
    vim-cmd vmsvc/power.getstate <vmid>
     
  3. Power-on the virtual machine with the command:
    vim-cmd vmsvc/power.on <vmid>

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