You can power on or off a virtual machine manually.

Powering on a virtual machine boots the guest operating system if the guest operating system is installed. Powering off a virtual machine is analogous to pressing the off button on a computer without performing a shut down from the operating system. The virtual machine does not attempt to shut down the guest operating system gracefully.

1

Log in to the vSphere Client.

2

Display the virtual machine in the inventory.

3

Select the virtual machine and do one of the following:

Click the power state button in the toolbar.

Right-click the virtual machine and select the power state option.

The shut down power state button in the toolbar performs a shut-down and not a power off by default. You can configure this option in the virtual machine settings.