Chapter 6. Administrative Tasks
6.1. Shutting Down a Virtual Machine
You can turn off a virtual machine using Shutdown or Power Off. Shutdown gracefully shuts down a virtual machine. Power Off executes a hard shutdown. A graceful shutdown is usually preferable to a hard shutdown.
If an exclamation point appears next to the virtual machine, a snapshot deletion process has failed, and you may not be able to restart the machine after shutting it down. Try to delete the snapshot again and ensure that the explanation mark disappears before shutting down the virtual machine. See Section 6.9.4, “Deleting a Snapshot” for more information.
- Click → and select a running virtual machine.
- Click Shutdown from the pop-up menu. or right-click the virtual machine and select
Optionally in the Administration Portal, enter a Reason for shutting down the virtual machine in the Shut down Virtual Machine(s) confirmation window. This allows you to provide an explanation for the shutdown, which will appear in the logs and when the virtual machine is powered on again.Note
The virtual machine shutdown Reason field will only appear if it has been enabled in the cluster settings. For more information, see Explanation of Settings and Controls in the New Cluster and Edit Cluster Windows in the Administration Guide.
- Click Shut down Virtual Machine(s) confirmation window. in the
If the virtual machine gracefully shuts down, the Status of the virtual machine changes to
Down. If the virtual machine does not gracefully shut down, click the down arrow next to and then click to execute a hard shutdown, or right-click the virtual machine and select Power Off from the pop-up menu.