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If I use a script to shutdown my ESXi server in the event of a power outage, do I need to shutdown each VM or will ESXi shutdown all of the VMs for me? When I mean shutdown I mean a graceful shutdown not a hard power off.

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ESXi will do this for you IF you have configured it to do so. Check the configuration tab and the virtual machine startup/shutdown setting. Ensure it is enabled and that you have defined your individual VM startup/shutdown requirements.

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I'm still amazed ESXi (and ESX) requires tricky VMa scripting to enable UPS-controlled shutdown. VMware should really get this built in. –  Martijn Heemels Apr 10 '11 at 0:37
    
Well I am aware of product in the APC powerchute line. It is for ESX I don't if it for ESXi. But I am not made of that kind of money so I and taking the homebrew approach. –  Solignis Apr 10 '11 at 2:22
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Tell me about it. The lack of a simple UPS management page in ESXi is laughable in this day and age. –  Asinine Monkey Apr 11 '11 at 12:51

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