You can power off or restart 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. Locate the ESXi host in the inventory.
  2. Power off all virtual machines that run on the ESXihost.
  3. Select the ESXi host you want to power off.
  4. Select Actions > Power.
  5. Select the operation.
    • To power off and restart the ESXi host, click Reboot.
    • To power off the ESXi host, click Shut Down.
  6. Provide a reason for the operation and click OK.
    This information is added to the log.