If you have a VM that is locked up and can’t be shut down from vsphere, you can do the following:
- Open a console session where the
esxclitool is available, either in the ESXi Shell, the vSphere Management Assistant (vMA), or the location where the vSphere Command-Line Interface (vCLI) is installed.
- Get a list of running virtual machines, identified by World ID, UUID, Display Name, and path to the
.vmxconfiguration file by running this command:
esxcli vm process list
- Power off one of the virtual machines from the list using this command:
esxcli vm process kill --type= [soft,hard,force] --world-id= WorldNumber
Three power-off methods are available. Soft is the most graceful, hard performs an immediate shutdown, and force should be used as a last resort.