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I am documenting a procedure  to shutdown the data center.  We have vsphere cluster with HA and DRS enabled.
In order for me to understand the steps , today I shut down vms on an Esxi host and put that Esxi host on maintenance mode. I noticed that all the power down vms were migrated to other Esxi hosts. I was expecting the VMs to be on that host so they will be there when I power on the Esxi host. Will the all the VMs moved to the last esxi host with power down state when I shut down one at a time and will be back to their original place when we start the esxi hosts?
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In order for me to understand the steps , today I shut down vms on an Esxi host and put that Esxi host on maintenance mode.

This is to be expected. This is what VMware HA and DRS does.

Disable VMware HA and VMware DRS, before you start the shutdown.
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Thanks Andrew,
If i understood correctly, disabling HA and DRS will keep the VMs's inventory on Esxi host when we enter into maintenance mode here after we can shutdown the esxi host?
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That is correct.
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