7.9.5. Shutting Down a Virtual Machine

When a virtual machine is not in use, you should shut it down to release system resources. Stopping a virtual machine is analogous to a normal shutdown of a physical computer.

If you want to save the state of the virtual machine, you should suspend it. See Section 7.9.3, “Suspending a Virtual Machine” for information on suspending a virtual machine.

To shut down a virtual machine:

  1. Select the Home view, and select the virtual machine in the Server Pools folder.

  2. Right-click on the virtual machine and select Stop from the menu.


You can also shut down a virtual machine from within your virtual machine, the same way you shut down a physical computer.

After issuing the stop command, the status of the VM is changed to "Stopped". However, this only indicates that the command was acknowledged. There is no guarantee that the VM is effectively shut down correctly. This is expected behavior since an operating system running on a physical pc may also "hang" during the shutdown sequence.

If the virtual machine fails to shut down, you can power it off using the kill virtual machine option, which is similar to unplugging the power cable from a physical machine. To perform a power off (kill) of a virtual machine, see Section 7.9.6, “Killing a Virtual Machine”.