We don’t have to do this so often. So when we do I always forget the syntax.
Login as root on the host of the guest OS. Find the numeric VMID of the guest and issue a power off/on command.
# vim-cmd vmsvc/getallvms | grep -i "[GUESTNAME]" Vmid Name File Guest OS Version Annotation 114 PaymentsTest [Datastore-1] PaymentsTest/PaymentsTest.vmx windows8Server64Guest vmx-10 # vim-cmd vmsvc/power.getstate 114 Retrieved runtime info Powered on # vim-cmd vmsvc/power.off 114 Powering off VM: # vim-cmd vmsvc/power.getstate 114 Retrieved runtime info Powered off # vim-cmd vmsvc/power.on 114 Powering on VM: