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VMWare Power Off options

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Hi

We are running VSphere with Windows 2003 / 2008 virtual servers. Occasionally, we need to reboot the guests.

I can see the following options within the VSphere client, but am not sure what the difference between each one is. I've read the link here, but just wanted clarity. http://communities.vmware.com/thread/33933

I seem to have the following options:

Power > Power Off and then Power > Power On

Power > Reset

Power > Shut down guest

Power > Restart Guest



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Hi

Power > Power Off and then Power > Power On

This option is like you push the power off button in a physical machine. This will not stop any services, just power off the VM

Power > Reset

Same as the above but is a reset button.  This will not stop any services, just restart the the VM

Power > Shut down guest

This option will stop all the services, and do a friendly and safe shutdown.
This option needs the VMware tools installed in the VM

Power > Restart Guest

Same as above, but is a restart. This option will stop all the services, and do a friendly and safe restart.
This option needs the VMware tools installed in the VM

Hope this can help

Jail
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