I'm not a sysadmin, but got a used dell poweredge r320 anyway. A problem I've been having with it is that after issuing the shutdown -h now command in FreeBSD the system goes through the init system shutdown sequence, then simply stays powered on after all processes are stopped. I haven't seen a computer do that since windows 95 when it would say "it is now safe to power down your computer". Is this a server specific quirk? I've been through every option I could find in the BIOS/UEFI. I'd really like to be able to power down the machine remotely.

stuck here

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From the FreeBSD man:

-h       The system is halted at the specified time.
-p       The system is halted and the power is turned off (hardware sup-
     port required) at the specified time.

I believe you need shutdown -p now.

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    Ugh. As a linux user this type of thing happens a lot. I'll try that when I get home and mark your answer as accepted if it works. Thanks.
    – Chris H
    Nov 7, 2018 at 15:22

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