Virtual server shutdown - planned outage.

Posted on 2013-10-08
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Last Modified: 2013-10-09

Can somone please clarify the following

I have a planned server room power outage coming up, I have 3 virtual servers that will need to be gracefully shutdown. How best to do this? They are acting as DR servers with double take so I dont need to worry about the order. Is this correct  -

Login to VSPHERE - connect to the server - shutdown from the console. Then pysically login to the servers via a VGA cable/keyboard and mouse and shutdown the server via the ESXI console?
Question by:APC_40

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Raks84 earned 668 total points
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Hi APC_40,

I would suggest to login to the ESXi console via vSphere client, and shut down the virtual servers  one by one and then login to the ESXi console and shit down the machine manually.

You can also assign the sequence of booting the VM's in the ESXi via vSphere client. So that once you manually on the EXSi machine, the console will automatically start the VM's for you in the desired manner.

Hope this helps.

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by:Steven Harris
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Login to VSphere and access the Server's Console window.  Shut down just like you would a physical machine. (Note:  Do not use the Power off button provided, that is like pulling a power cord)

You can also remote in to the server via RDP and do the Shut down.

Then use a cmd line to shut down ESXi or manually from the ESXi console.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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Shutdown the replica servers first, via RDP.

and then connect to the primary servers and shutdown via RDP.

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Thanks  - very helpful.

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