Every so often I will have problems when restarting Guest virtual machines on our ESXi servers.  One time in particular, I restarted the system from the operating system and the VM hung on reboot.  When I tried to hard Power Off the VM through ESXi, it gave me an error similar to “The operation cannot be performed in it’s current state”.  Here are some steps to take to regain control of the Virtual Machine… (none of these actions will affect the state of your running VMs)

Restart the Management services/agents; here is a great reference:

http://www.vm-help.com/esx/esx3i/ESXi_restart_agents.php

Run this command to tell inetd to re-read it’s configuration:

#  ps | grep inetd
#  kill -HUP “<pidofinetd>

Finally, follow the steps in this KB article:

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1014165

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