Starting and stopping vmware in linux command line

One advantage of using command line is that you can start and stop the VM without logging into the web console. I am using vmware server 2.0. I believe it should work the same for future versions.

To start and stop certain instance, say ares,

vmrun -T server -h '' -u root -p 'yourpass' start "[standard] ares/ares.vmx"

vmrun -T server -h '' -u root -p 'yourpass' stop "[standard] ares/ares.vmx"

you can list all vm currently running under vmware using

vmrun -T server -h '' -u root -p 'yourpass' list

Total running VMs: 5
[standard] medusa/medusa.vmx
[standard] ares/ares.vmx
[standard] hera/hera.vmx
[standard] hermes/hermes.vmx
[standard] zeus/zeus.vmx

The vmrun command can do much more. see “vmrun –help”

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