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In SXi v5, how do I reboot the host

What is maintainance mode, and should I use it during a reboot ?
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Right Click the Host.

Select Enter Maintenance Mode

Select Reboot

Maintenance Mode can move VMs from the existing host to other hosts in the cluster. Its best practice to enable before reboot or shutdown.
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You should use maintenance mode. Then all vm's migrate to other hosts. After that reboot and exit maintenance mode.
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Reboot ESXi host
see here also

ESX/ESXi 4.x and ESXi 5.0 shutdown and reboot commands
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1013193

How-to restart ESX or ESXi server
http://www.vladan.fr/how-to-restart-esx-or-esxi-server/

also see

You place a host in maintenance mode when you need to service it, for example, to install more memory. A host enters or leaves maintenance mode only as the result of a user request.

Virtual machines that are running on a host entering maintenance mode need to be migrated to another host (either manually or automatically by DRS) or shut down. The host is in a state of Entering Maintenance Mode until all running virtual machines are powered down or migrated to different hosts. You cannot power on virtual machines or migrate virtual machines to a host entering maintenance mode.

When no more running virtual machines are on the host, the host’s icon changes to include under maintenance and the host’s Summary panel indicates the new state. While in maintenance mode, the host does not allow you to deploy or power on a virtual machine.


Using Maintenance Mode
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