The five best Windows PowerShell v3 commands every admin should know

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Changing state with the Stop-VM and Start-VM cmdlets

You can use the Start-VM cmdlet to start any virtual machine. This very simple cmdlet does not require any command-line switches aside from the VM name. Similarly, if you want to stop a VM, use the Stop-VM cmdlet, as shown in the figure. These PowerShell v3 cmdlets come in very handy for performing scripted operations that require a VM to be rebooted.

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