VMware ESXi start host from cli

Start you VMware ESXi hosts from the commandline

ESXi 5.x

To power on a virtual machine from the command line:

  1. List the inventory ID of the virtual machine with the command:

    vim-cmd vmsvc/getallvms |grep <vm name>

    Note: The first column of the output shows the vmid.

  2. Check the power state of the virtual machine with the command:

    vim-cmd vmsvc/power.getstate <vmid>

  3. Power-on the virtual machine with the command:

    vim-cmd vmsvc/power.on <vmid>

ESXi 4.1

To power on a virtual machine from the command line:

  1. List the inventory ID of the virtual machine with the command:

    vim-cmd vmsvc/getallvms |grep <vm name>

    Note: The first column of the output shows the vmid.

  2. Check the power state of the virtual machine with the command:

    vim-cmd vmsvc/power.getstate <vmid>

  3. Power-on the virtual machine with the command:

    vim-cmd vmsvc/power.on <vmid>

ESXi 4.0

To power on a virtual machine from the command line:

  1. List the inventory ID of the virtual machine with the command:

    vmware-vim-cmd vmsvc/getallvms |grep <vm name>

    Note: The first column of the output shows the vmid.

  2. Check the power state of the virtual machine with the command:

    vmware-vim-cmd vmsvc/power.getstate <vmid>

  3. Power on the virtual machine with the command:

    vmware-vim-cmd vmsvc/power.on <vmid>

 

ESX 4.0 and ESX 4.1

To power on a virtual machine from the command line:

  1. To list the path of all the virtual machines on the host:

    vmware-cmd -l

  2. Get the state of the virtual machine with the command:

    vmware-cmd <path to the VMX file> getstate

  3. Power on the virtual machine with the command:

    vmware-cmd <path to the VMX file> start

 

ESXi 3.5

To power on a virtual machine from the command line:

  1. List the inventory ID of the virtual machine with the command:

    vim-cmd vmsvc/getallvms |grep <vm name>

  2. Check the power state of the virtual machine with the command:

    vim-cmd vmsvc/power.getstate <vmid>

  3. Power on the virtual machine with the command:

    vim-cmd vmsvc/power.on <vmid>

ESX 3.5

To power on a virtual machine from the command line:

  1. To list the path of all the virtual machines on the host:

    vmware-cmd -l

  2. Get the state of the virtual machine with the command:

    vmware-cmd <path to the VMX file> getstate

  3. Power on the virtual machine with the command:

    vmware-cmd <path to the VMX file> start

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