PowerOn guest o.s in VMware Workstation using command

If you are running a lot of guest o.s in VMware Workstation and tired of going across tabs to power on these VM’s then there is a simpler way to do this. We can achieve this by using an application called vmrun which is part of VMware Workstation.

You can find this application in the directory where your VMware Workstation is installed.

For E.g: G:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Workstation


How to use this utility

Go To CMD and browse to the path where vmrun.exe is placed and use the below command:

G:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Workstation>vmrun.exe start “C:\Lab VM’s\DC\DC.vmx”

Note you have to give path to your guest os vmx file in order to start it


You can even create a batch file if you want to power on your guest o.s with windows startup.

You can download the latest version of VMware workstation from Here

Hope this is informational to you. Share it on social media if you find it useful. Happy learning !!!


About Manish Jha

Hi All I am Manish Kumar Jha aka Alex Hunt. I am currently working in Iono,Inc as Cloud Solutions Architect. I have around 8 Years of IT experience and have exposure on VMware vSphere, vCloud Director, RHEL and modern data center technologies like Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus 1000v and NSX. If you find any post informational to you please press like and share it across social media and leave your comments if you want to discuss further on any post. Disclaimer: All the information on this website is published in good faith and for general information purpose only. I don’t make any warranties about the completeness, reliability and accuracy of this information. Any action you take upon the information you find on this blog is strictly at your own risk. The Views and opinions published on this blog are my own and not the opinions of my employer or any of the vendors of the product discussed.
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