Product Documentation

Control user machine power states

Jun 19, 2013

To control the state of the machines that you select in Director, use the Power Control options. These options are available for Desktop OS machines, but might not be available for Server OS machines.

Note: This functionality is not available for physical machines or machines using Remote PC Access.
Command Function
Restart Performs an orderly (soft) shutdown of the VM. and all running processes are halted individually before restarting the VM. For example, select machines that appear in Director as "failed to start," and use this command to restart them.
Force Restart Restarts the VM without first performing any shut-down procedure. This command works in the same way as unplugging a physical server and then plugging it back in and turning it back on.
Shut Down Performs an orderly (soft) shutdown of the VM; all running processes are halted individually.
Force Shutdown Shuts down the VM without first performing any shut-down procedure. This command works in the same way as unplugging a physical server. It may not always shut down all running processes, and you risk losing data if you shut down a VM in this way.
Suspend Suspends a running VM in its current state and stores that state in a file on the default storage repository. This option allows you to shut down the VM's host server and later, after rebooting it, resume the VM, returning it to its original running state.
Resume Resumes a suspended VM and restores its original running state.
Start Starts a VM when it is off (also called a cold start).

If power control actions fail, hover the mouse over the alert, and a pop-up message appears with details about the failure.