If there is a difference, which option uses up more battery life? When is it better to power off the VM?


In both cases (suspended / powered-off) the VM doesn't consume battery.

The major difference between those two modes:

  • Suspend writes memory to disk and the Guest OS enters hibernate/sleep state
  • Powers off the virtual machine. The virtual machine does not attempt to shut down the guest operating system gracefully.

More info from VMWARE online library

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