Occasionally virtual machines (VMs) get stuck in a zombie state and will not respond to a power-off command using the traditional vSphere client power controls. Rebooting a host will fix this condition — but rebooting is usually not an option. Fortunately, there are a few methods for forcing the VM to shut down without rebooting the host.

I previously documented these methods with VMware Infrastructure 3 (VI3) and wanted to make sure they all worked with vSphere. The methods below are listed in order of usage preference starting with using normal VM commands and ending with a brute force method.

Method 1 - Using the vmware-cmd service console command (the command-line interface equivalent of using the vSphere Client)

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