moifmurphy
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Remotely Restarting ESXi 3.5 u4

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Hi there,

We're running ESXi 3.5 u4 in a production environment and so far it's been solid. I'd like to do some administration from home and I've been scouring the net all day but have yet to find the answer. What I'm trying to achieve is:

1. Cleanly shutdown our VMs

2. Remotely restart the ESXi server

3. Restart our VMs

Now, I can VPN into work and use the VIC to shutdown the VMs which is no problem but how do I restart the ESXi server once that's done? I can't see an option in the VIC, unless I'm being blind. Would I need to use the remote CLI? I have that installed, both nix and windows, but haven't been successful in finding out what I need to know.

Any help greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

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Scissor
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but how do I restart the ESXi server once that's done? I can't see an option in the VIC...

Can you right-click on the name of your ESXi server and select "reboot"? I don't have my ESXi server powered up right now, but the option does appear for ESX.

If you're missing the option, perhaps the user account you are logging into VIC with doesn't have the necessary permissions. Try logging in as "root".

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AndreTheGiant
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You need a ILOE / DRAC access to power on the ESX again.

Andre

Andre | http://about.me/amauro | http://vinfrastructure.it/ | @Andrea_Mauro
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moifmurphy
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Sorry, I meant the software portion. Not the actual hardware Smiley Happy

I've enabled SSH and have intermediate knowledge of Linux but don't want to delve around too deeply incase I break something. Is it possible to restart the ESXi server via init 6?

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AndreTheGiant
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ok, you can use a reboot command.

If you also set in VIC startup/shutdown option you can automatic guest power shutdown the VMs when you do a host reboot o halt.

Andre

Andre | http://about.me/amauro | http://vinfrastructure.it/ | @Andrea_Mauro
azn2kew
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You can use reboot command the same with vSphere 4.0. You can use "reboot -help" for more switches details if you need to know more details about the command. And to manage your virtual machines can read more here http://communities.vmware.com/thread/87797

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Scissor
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but how do I restart the ESXi server once that's done? I can't see an option in the VIC...

Can you right-click on the name of your ESXi server and select "reboot"? I don't have my ESXi server powered up right now, but the option does appear for ESX.

If you're missing the option, perhaps the user account you are logging into VIC with doesn't have the necessary permissions. Try logging in as "root".

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moifmurphy
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Thanks Scissor.

That's exactly what I was looking for. That'll teach me to delve a little bit deeper in future.

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J1mbo
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Also no need to shutdown and restart the guests; these can be suspended and resumed. Also you can define the start order to ensure and dependent services exist when the guests restart.

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