Start/Stop VMs

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Starting and stopping VMs is not that difficult, so why script it? Well… don’t want to be clicking on a bunch of VMs trying to skip the ones that should be left powered off! Did it ever happened that you accidentally dropped shift and had to re-do it? YES!!!

The base command is simple:

get-vm -name myvm | Start-VM #Start
get-vm -name myvm | Stop-VM #Stop

That said, we can do lots of funny things with it using wildcards, like start all VMs that start with office…

 get-vm -name office* | Start-VM

or all VMs in a cluster

 get-cluster cluster1 | get-vm | Start-VM

or all VMs in a single host

 get-vmhost myESX | get-vm | Start-VM

As you can see, the world is your oyster!

Stopping follows exactly the same principle, just replace Start-VM with Stop-VM

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