Can you manage the physical console of an ESXi Server through the vSpere Client?

Tyson0317
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We have an ESXi 4.0 server and I was wondering if certain tasks are possible to perform via the vSphere Client.

#1 Can you reboot the physical ESXi server via the console? If so, how?
#2 We dont have an IP KVM (Yet), is there any way to gain console access to the physical ESXi server from vSphere?

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You can enable SSH (unsupported on ESXi) to connect to the local console to do what you want.
You can then use putty to connect to the console to do what you want.
This shows you how.
http://www.yellow-bricks.com/2008/08/10/howto-esxi-and-ssh/
Once logged in to the console ... the shutdown command to shutdown/reboot the server

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LOL Actually, this is exatly why I was asking the question. The server in question is about 2 hours away and I wanted to see if there is any way to enable SSH without me having to drive there....
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#1 Can you reboot the physical ESXi server via the console? If so, how?
If you can login yes you can reboot, there is an option to do so in the console menu

#2 We dont have an IP KVM (Yet), is there any way to gain console access to the physical ESXi server from vSphere?
No not possible to do this using client, you need kvm, ILO, DRAC, RSA, etc to view the console

I suggest get someone onsite to become your eyes :)
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"If you can login yes you can reboot, there is an option to do so in the console menu"

Can you please clarify? I have looked for it and cant find it.
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Bottom right, it says "<F12> Shut Down/Restart"

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Ohh ok - I thought you meant the vSphere console... So there is no way in vSphere then?
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You mean from the client? Just select your host in Inventory right click then select reboot

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No, I am asking if the physical ESXi server can be rebooted from the vSphere console.
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If you can ssh, just type "reboot" :)
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@Tyson0317 ... if the server is two hours away and you cannot enable SSH since you have no local access, then 'sneakernet' technology is needed. You going to have to tell somebody local to that server to enable SSH for you. After that you should be on your way. That's what I would do.. not thea  best solution but it solves the problem - unless your server is in bermuda triange - and nobody wants to go there ;-)

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