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Is there a way to (initiate) shutdown an ESX server remotely from Windows, similarly to the shutdown -m \\server ... command?

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

A better option is that you can install the PowerCLI tools and then use a script to shut it down. This method works without having to enable anything on the server (I'm not sure about ESX but SSH is unsupported in ESXi).

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This is the "better" option from a long-term perspective. ESX won't be around forever. – ThatGraemeGuy Oct 14 '10 at 12:18
Okay, I think I like this option the best. Thanks! – marcwenger Oct 14 '10 at 23:00

SSH to the ESX server and shut it down?

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Ok, but can that be automated? – marcwenger Oct 13 '10 at 21:41
Setup ssh key-based-authentication. Use plink with the keys to authenticate and shutdown? – Zoredache Oct 13 '10 at 21:44
I'll give that a shot – marcwenger Oct 13 '10 at 21:45

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