esxcli vm Commands

Command Description Options Help
vm process kill Used to forcibly kill Virtual Machines that are stuck and not responding to normal stop operations.
--help | -h
Show the help message.
--type | -t
The type of kill operation to attempt. There are three types of VM kills that can be attempted: [soft, hard, and force]. Users should always attempt 'soft' kills first, which will give the VMX process a chance to shutdown cleanly (like kill or kill -SIGTERM). If that does not work move to 'hard' kills which will shutdown the process immediately (like kill -9 or kill -SIGKILL). 'force' should be used as a last resort attempt to kill the virtual machine. If all three fail then a reboot is required.
--world-id | -w
The World ID of the virtual machine to kill. This can be obtained from the 'vm list' command
vm process list List the virtual machines on this system. This command currently will only list running VMs on the system.
--help | -h
Show the help message.