Question: How To Shut Down \ Reboot ESXi 5.0 Host

Shutting down or restarting and ESXi host can be done in 3 ways

  1. using the vSphere Client console
  2. Using SSH connection
  3. Using the host console


To restart the host using the vSphere Client Right Click on the host and select Shut Down or reboot.

To use the SSh connection log in to host via SSH and issue the reboot command for restar and the for shutting down the host


To use the Direct Console User Interface (DCUI)

Press F2 for shutdown or F11 for restart