VMware PowerCLI VM Shutdown Control

Dear friends, I have a 2-line script (in bold, below) that will find all powered-on VMs and shut them down.
QUESTION: How can I ensure that the vCenter server (to which I am connected) is the last VM to shutdown?
 
$vmservers=Get-VM | Where-Object {$_.powerstate -eq ‘PoweredOn’}
$vmservers| Shutdown-VMGuest-Confirm:$false

 
Yours truly,
Walt
waltforbesSenior IT SpecialistAsked:
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Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
There are several ways you might tackle this, for an environment I manage we use a folder structure in VMware.
VMs are placed into folders according to their function, e.g. Database Servers are placed into the folder DB_VMs, File and Print servers in PF_VMs, vCenter VM(s) are placed into VC_VMs, and so on ...

That way you can shut down folder by folder, example:

$vmservers=get-vm -location “DB_VMs” | Where-Object {$_.powerstate -eq ‘PoweredOn’}

$vmservers |select Name | export-csv c:\ScriptDB\vms.csv -NoTypeInformation

$vmservers | Shutdown-VMGuest -Confirm:$false

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I export the VMs I'm bringing down so I always know which ones where powered on in case confusion sets in, and it's also easy to use it to start the VMs using PowerCLI.
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waltforbesSenior IT SpecialistAuthor Commented:
Hi Spravek, I have more than 30 (thirty) folders! Is there a way to modify this script to have it exempt a specific folder, or exempt just a specific VM?

Thank you for your attention, and I look forward to your reply.

Kind regards,
Walt
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Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
Hmmm...

You could do a one liner like this:

Get-VM | Where-Object {$_.name -ne $NameofvCenterServer } | Shutdown-VMGuest -Confirm:$false

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If you have a separate Database server for vCenter you can add this (just after the $NameofvCenterServer):

-and $_.name -ne $NameofvCenterDatabase

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Would that be a better solution?
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waltforbesSenior IT SpecialistAuthor Commented:
This is as beautiful as a fairy-tale princess and as charming as her prince! Love it, love it, love it! Thank you so much, spravtek!
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