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How do I get access to my VM machines after a poweroutage

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We had a power outage and out back up generator failed. The issue is after our last upgrade we decided to put our Vcenter in the VMworld. Our ESXI servers came back up as did our San and we can connect to both but none of our vitural server to and including our vcenter came back up after the outage. Is there  a work around that will allow us to start up the vcenter server so we can manage the rest of the environment?
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by:Justin Yeung
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I guess your vcenter is a virtual machine/virtual appliance on one of the Esxi host.

you can power on the vm by using ssh

you will see a vm id (on the left)
vim-cmd vmsvc/getallvms

vim-cmd vmsvc/power.on (id)
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 500 total points
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If you have VMware HA, ALL virtual machines SHOULD have restarted if the ESXi server went down, in an uncontrolled way.

However, if vCenter server is a VM, and not currently powered-on, no problems or worries, connect directly to the ESXi hosts, and select the vCenter VM, and Power ON.

see my EE Article (applicable for all ESXi versions!)

Part 2: HOW TO: Connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) using the vSphere Client
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@Justin SSH needs to be enabled on the ESXi host! How do you do this if SSH is currently DISABLED!
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by:Justin Yeung
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@Andrew Hancock, Thanks for indicate SSH is disabled by default and so do Shell as well.
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Excellent thank you all fixed
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