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Resetting a Virtual Machine

As with physical computers, you may need to reset a guest operating system that has become unresponsive. This is generally not recommended: If you reset a virtual machine while the virtual disk is being written to, data may be lost or corrupted.

To reset a virtual machine, click the Reset button on the toolbar.

Reset vs. Restart

You can configure the Reset button to reset or restart a virtual machine or team.

  • You can set the Reset button to work as a reset switch, so that it resets the virtual machine abruptly, with no consideration for work in progress.
  • You can also set the Reset button to send a restart signal to the guest operating system. An operating system that recognizes this signal shuts down gracefully and restarts.
  • Not all guest operating systems respond to a restart signal from this button. If your operating system does not respond to a restart signal, restart from within the operating system, as you would with a physical machine.

    For instructions on configuring the Reset button, see Power Controls in the section Power.

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