I accidentally did a RESET instead of a power down on a virtual machine and it is taking forever to come up. What could have happened VMWare 5.5 Windows 2012r2

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I accidentally right clicked and went to POWER and RESET on a Virtual Server that I did not want to. I do not think I have ever done a reset. I was trying to shut down another VM but accidentally did this one. I ended up shutting it down and bumped up the memory, I did not notice it was not working until it was coming back up. It has been sitting on "registering virtual machine on destination host" for over 30 minutes and shows 15% progress. What exactly does a reset do? After powering down, changing memory and bringing back up what have I done. Other than the server having more memory, do u think I broke anything. Does a reset usually mean the server comes back slowly?
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timgreen7077Exchange Engineer
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a reset is like pressing the power button and hard resetting a machine. the problem with that is that it's not clean because it doesn't wait for windows to shutdown the OS or services or anything. this could corrupt files, drivers, and so forth. just let it work on coming back up until VMware times out but if there is no corruption then most likely will come back up.
Ben Personick (Previously QCubed)Lead SaaS Infrastructure Engineer

It it is stuck powering on check to see there are no questions that need answering.  A possibility is that the vm has a lock file that did not clear
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or it's like pressing the Reset Button on the Front of a computer if you have a Reset button!

The machine should just reboot again, and start normally.

Why did you change it ? Why did you add more memory ?

Do you have enough storage space for the increase memory ?

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