Power on a virtual machine from ESXi cli

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To power on, shutdown or reboot a virtual machine from the command line:

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.

Check the power state of the virtual machine with the command
    vim-cmd vmsvc/power.getstate <vmid>
Power-on the virtual machine with the command
    vim-cmd vmsvc/power.on <vmid>

Related Commands:

Power-off the virtual machine with the command
    vim-cmd vmsvc/power.off <vmid>
Reboot the virtual machine with the command
    vim-cmd vmsvc/power.reboot <vmid>

See also Manage ESXi VM Processes with CLI