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esxi 4.1 w/2003 SBS,  what does the "guest shutdown" option do

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On the EXSi vSphere client, Configuration tab, VM Startup/Shutdown options, there is a Guest Shutdown: option, both for an individual VM and for default options.

If it is taken, will esxi semd the Small Business Server 2003 VM a shutdown command (and will SBS execute it) ? If so, is there a timeout before the VM is powered off?
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There is no timeout, it will execute it straight away,  The only prerequisite is that VMware Tools must be installed on the Small Business Server for vSphere to interact with the server
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by:danm66
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if you need to remotely shutdown the vm and give a msg to logged in users, you could use the shutdown command from the command line.
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I'm sorry, I meant is there a timeout after ESXi sends the shutdown command  to the VM and before ESXi turns off the VM anyways.
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by:danm66
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afaik, ESX(i) just waits for the acpi signal to power off.  If it doesn't come, the vm stays powered on unless the shutdown command is given by the host (i.e. Automatic Startup/shutdown).  In that case, you can set how long it waits before it does a power-off.
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The shutdown option will perform a gracefull power off of your guest OS. It bacically is the same as using "start>shutdown" fron the Windows GUI.

The power off option is like pulling the plug on a physical server.
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by:Stewart Beel
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No there is no timeout after you send the shutdown command.

Once the shutdown command is sent the guest VM will start to shutdown immediately.
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by:MikeBroderick
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If for some reason Windows SBS hangs and doesnt shutdown, will the ESXi shutdown operation hang as well or will ESIi eventially shut down? If ESXi shuts down after a certain amount of time, where do you set this timeout?
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Assuming I have set the shutdown option for a virtual machine on the config screen, how do I use it? I assume that the shutdown option tells ESXi to gracefully shut down this machine before continuing your shutdown, but when I right-clicked on the server and selected power-down the host shut down without allowing my vm to shutdown. Is there a way to say "ESXi, shut down the VM's then you shut down"?
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