Identify Hyper-V VM by worker process if VM is hung on Starting/Snapshotting/Stopping

It’s easy to restart a running VM from Hyper-V Manager but when you have a situation where a number of VM’s running on a production server and you are not able to do this from the Hyper-V manager.

In this case you can make use of VM worker to restart the VM without affecting any other Virtual machines.


For each VM running on Hyper-V would have a virtual machine worker process associated with it, so our goal is to find the associated VM worker and kick that off – This will restart the VM immediately.

  1. Use the below Script to find out the PID of hung VM (Replace the “VM Name” with your VM)

(Get-WmiObject -q “SELECT * FROM Msvm_ComputerSystem WHERE ElementName = ‘VMName'” -n root\virtualization\v2).ProcessID

PS C:\Windows\system32> (Get-WmiObject -q "SELECT * FROM Msvm_ComputerSystem WHERE ElementName = 'VMName'" -n root\v
PS C:\Windows\system32>

2. Now you can use Kill command to restart the VM


This will restart the VM immediately .When you have a minimum number of VM’s running you can use the task manager to identify the process ID which is associated with the VM GUID.



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