Shutting down VMWare Host

VM Startup SettingsHi,
 
 There seems to be two ways of shutting down or restarting VMWare host:
 (1) Go to the host console and press <F12> and initiate shutdown/restart.
 (2) Open VSphere client and right click on the host (192.168.1.2, for example) and choose shutdown/restart.

 (1) Is there a difference between two methods? Is one better than the other?
 The reason for asking is that I use F12 method the host console,  my SBS2011 prompts for the reason for last/previous shutdown when I log in. So it must not have been a orderly shutdown. As seen on the screenshot, I set up VMs in Automatic StartUp/Shutdown. I  thought either way, these VMs will go thru orderly shutdown or restart.

 (2) What is the purpose of the check box for "Continue immediately if the VMware Toos start"? What should I do?
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Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
I see that for Shutdown action you have "Power Off", shouldn't that be Guest shutdown (works if you have VM tools installed)?

A Power Off is just that, you power off the machine with the button or like pulling the power plug ... sudden, while shutdown is a proper shutdown of the client.
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
@spravtek
"A Power Off is just that, you power off the machine with the button or like pulling the power plug ... sudden," ---> that makes sense.
I see "Guest Shutdown" option in Shutdown Action. Thanks for the correction.

(1) Having chosen "Guest Shutdown" , both shutdown/restart methods accomplish the same then?

 (2) What is the purpose of the check box for "Continue immediately if the VMware Toos start"? What should I do?
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NNKCommented:
IN DCU console you have option to shutdown the HyperVisor ( ESxI) Directly.

When you use vsphere Client to connect the Esxi host it contact Hostd service to initiate the system shutdown.
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Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
1) Use the vSphere client to shutdown your ESXi server whenever possible, using the DCU console is not the recommended way.

2) The continue immediately when VMWare tools start is to tell the startup sequence to move to the next VM without using the delay as soon as it detects the VMware Tools, if you disable it or not use it, the OS will wait for the delay to pass completely.
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
@spravotek
Thanks for the explanations.
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Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
no problem!
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