Sometimes a VMware Guest can get stuck shutting down and will show 95% on the GUI console.
You need to shut this down via the CLI if this is the case.
See this post for the basics of how to do this tip use
vmware-cmd /path to vmx file stop (hard)
If you get an error and the server will not shut down then a more radical process is needed.
Your error may be something like this
VMControl error -999: Unknown error: SoapError: ServerFaultCode(0) : (Operation failed since another task is in progress.)
Logon to the server.
This will produce a list of currently running VMware servers make a note of the vmid
vm-support -X vmid_no from above
Answer no to the first question and then yes to everything else. This will create dump files and backups, the net result though is that it will shut the server down.
Remember to delete all the bits of folders and files from the tmp directory.
The world of VMware is so cool. Sometime though you need access under the covers to do various tasks.
VMWare has a hole load of command at the Linux level. Be warned these can do some nasty things so be very careful.
SSH on to the VMware server. If you don’t have SSH access download the Veam Root Access that will allows SSH access the server.
A list of commands these are for v3.5 only:
vmware-cmd is the command to runn followed by many commands, the list is the ones that I have used
vmware-cmd -l – shows all the virtual machines running and the vmx file locations
vmware-cmd /path to vmx file getstate – returns the state of the guest
vmware-cmd /path to vmx file stop – powers the guest down
vmware-cmd /path to vmx file stop hard – as stop except dumps the server
vmware-cmd /path to vmx file start
vmware-cmd /path to vmx file reset
vdf -h – will show the disk usage of the virtual guests
Commands for vsphere4 :
Will be here in a few days