The difference of the Virtual Machine power and reset buttons

Posted by on September 14, 2010 in VMware, vSphere | 1 comment

This is something that I did not pay much attention to but it’s one of those wacky things that you will notice at 4 AM while working a Disaster Recovery Drill. Anyways it struck me weird that the power controls and reset buttons available in the VM console are different than the ones available by right click the VM in the inventory list. The ones from the VM console require VMware tools to be installed and the ones from the tree list do not.

I really came to this conclusion while working on a DR drill this week for a client and we are using vSphere 4.1 for the drill. I had never ran into this with previous versions of vCenter server so I’ll have to take another look and see if this is something new to 4.1.

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

1 Comment

  1. its a setting in the vm settings. you can set them to reset (hard physical reset button equilivant) or reboot the vm via the operating system

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