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Console into the VM guest and shutdown/disable the network interface.
Is this a Windows or Linux VM?
The machine I was trying to do this with is a Linux machine but it was more of a general question and intended to apply to any guests. I realise I can log into the console and perform an OS specific action that will disable the network. I just wanted to see if it were possible to remove the guest from the network externally. Ie simulate a 'network cable unplug'.
As I mentioned reasons for this could be something like testing or debugging a software response to disconnect or quarantining a problem guest. If it were the latter then it may not be ideal to bring the guest up onto the network before then disabling the networking.