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.


Log in to the vSphere Client.


Display the virtual machine in the inventory.


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.