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


  1. In the vSphere Client, select the host in the inventory.
  2. Shut down all virtual machines running on the ESXi host.
  3. Right-click the ESXi host and select Reboot or Shut Down.
    • If you select Reboot, the ESXi host shuts down and reboots.
    • 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.