You can power off or restart any ESXi host by using the vSphere Web Client. Powering off a managed host disconnects it from vCenter Server, but does not remove it from the inventory.


Required privileges:

  • Host > Configuration > Maintenance

  • Global > Log event


  1. In the vSphere Web Client, navigate to the host that you want to shut down.
  2. Power off all virtual machines on the host.
  3. Right-click the host and select Reboot or Shutdown.
    • If you select Reboot, the ESXi host shuts down and starts.

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

  4. Provide a reason for the shut down.

    This information is added to the log.