Forcibly Stopping Virtual Machines with EXCLI
In some cases, virtual machines do not respond to the normal shutdown or stop commands. In these cases, it might be necessary to forcibly shut down the virtual machines. Forcibly shutting down a virtual machine might result in guest operating system data loss and is similar to pulling the power cable on a physical machine.
You can forcibly stop virtual machines that are not responding to normal stop operation with the esxcli vm process kill command. Specify one of the options listed in Connection Options in place of <conn_options>.
To forcibly stop a virtual machine
esxcli <conn_options> vm process list
esxcli <conn_options> vm process kill --type <kill_type> --world-id <ID>
The command supports three --type options. Try the types sequentially (soft before hard, hard before force). The following types are supported through the --type option:
soft. Gives the VMX process a chance to shut down cleanly (like kill or kill -SIGTERM)
hard. Stops the VMX process immediately (like kill -9 or kill -SIGKILL)
force. Stops the VMX process when other options do not work.
If all three options do not work, reboot your ESXi host to resolve the issue.