Power cycling your virtual machines

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Overview

Similar to physical computers, rare system errors may render virtual machines unresponsive. This is where rebooting comes into play. Rebooting a virtual machine will turn off its guest operating system and restart it, ensuring normal operation.

You might also need to shut down virtual machines that you no longer use, so they don't use up valuable resources.

Workspaces allows you to reboot and shut down virtual machines through an easy and intuitive user interface.

Rebooting virtual machines

Rebooting a virtual machine can prove useful when the guest operating system becomes unresponsive due to various reasons.

Important: Rebooting a virtual machine while the virtual disk is being written to, might lead to data loss and/or corruption. Only reboot virtual machines if absolutely necessary.

Workspaces supports two types of reboot commands, each with a different behavior.

  • Graceful reboot: this option sends a reboot signal to the guest operating system, ensuring the smooth reboot of the virtual machine. Applications are automatically closed before rebooting the guest operating system.
  • Hard reboot: this option reboots the virtual machine similar to a reboot button on a physical computer. This option can potentially lead to data loss.

Follow the steps below to reboot a virtual machine:

  1. Log in to your Neverfail Workspaces account.
  2. Go to Virtual Machines.
  3. Click the virtual machine that you want to reboot. You can use the filters to narrow down the results.
  4. Click Reboot and choose the type of reboot command that you want to issue (Graceful or Hard).
  5. Wait for the virtual machine to restart and make sure it is working properly.

Shutting down virtual machines

Important: Shutting down a virtual machine while the virtual disk is being written to, might lead to data loss and/or corruption. Only shut down VMs if absolutely necessary.

Workspaces supports two types of virtual machine shut down commands, each with a different behavior.

  • Graceful shutdown: this option sends a shut down signal to the guest operating system, ensuring the smooth shutdown of the virtual machine. Applications are automatically closed before shutting down the guest operating system.
  • Hard shutdown: this option shuts down the virtual machine similar to a power button on a physical computer. This option can potentially lead to data loss.

Follow the steps below to shut down a virtual machine:

  1. Log in to your Neverfail Workspaces account.
  2. Go to Virtual Machines.
  3. Click the virtual machine that you want to shut down. You can use the filters to narrow down the results.
  4. Click Shut down and choose the type of shut down command that you want to issue (Graceful or Hard).
  5. Wait for the virtual machine to shut down.

Once the virtual machine is shut down, you can change its configuration or even delete it if you no longer need it.

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