You can power off or restart (reboot) any ESX/ESXi host using the vSphere Client. You can also power off ESX hosts from the service console. Powering off a managed host disconnects it from vCenter Server, but does not remove it from the inventory.


Shut down all virtual machines running on the ESX/ESXi host.


Select the ESX/ESXi host you want to shut down.


From the main or right-click menu, select Reboot or Shut Down.

If you select Reboot, the ESX/ESXi host shuts down and reboots.

If you select Shut Down, the ESX/ESXi host shuts down. You must manually power the system back on.


Provide a reason for the shut down.

This information is added to the log.