zemotard
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How to stop all VM quickly ?

Dear all,

I would like to know what's the best practice to shutdown all VM as quickly as possible (With shutdown guest os command if possible) by using vsphere ?

Indeed, the past week I had a power failure and I needed more than 10 minutes to stop all vm manually that's too much.

Is there any fonction to do that or a script ?

Thanks in advance.

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a_p_
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I currently don't have access to a host to verify this, but you should be able to select all running VM's from the vSphere Client in the ESXi host's "Virtual Machines" tab, and select Shut Down from the pop-up menu (assuming VMware Tools are installed in the VMs).


André

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zemotard
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Thanks but shutdown guest os is not available while vmtools are installed on both VM:

2015-03-01 20_14_33-vSphere Web Client.jpg

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Dee006
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Hi Zemo,

Do you want to shutdown VM in specific ESXi host or entire vCenter?

If you want to shutdown in ESX have a look at Ducan's Blog shutdown all vm's and ESX - Yellow Bricks..Try the script at testing environment and then to production.

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Kandha_Kamatchi
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Hi,

As everyone know that Command Line is best tool for doing thing fast.

To Shutdown a VM or a Group of VM you can use the following Command

Shutdown-VMGuest [[-VM] <VirtualMachine[]>] [[-Server] <VIServer[]>] [-WhatIf] [-Confirm] [<CommonParameters>]

Shutdown-VMGuest [[-Guest] <VMGuest[]>] [-WhatIf] [-Confirm] [<CommonParameters>]

Example 1

Get-VM VM | Shutdown-VMGuest

for more Information vSphere 5.5 Documentation Center

bykreddy
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Hi,

You can use the following few lines to shut down the guest operating systems gracefully as long as VMware Tools is installed. Open PowerCLI and connect to your VMware vCenter server by typing “Connect-VIServer vCenterServerName”.

To shutdown all VM guest managed by vCenter you can type the following 3 lines:

$vmservers=Get-VM | Where-Object {$_.powerstate -eq ‘PoweredOn’}

$vmservers | select Name | export-csv c:\MyScripts\servers.csv -NoTypeInformation

$vmservers| Shutdown-VMGuest

The script above will do 3 things. The first line will get all VMs that are currently powered on. The second line will log all the powered on VMs in line 1 and log them to a csv file servers.csv located in c:\MyScripts. The reason I log these machine names to a csv file is so when it’s time to turn the machines back on, I don’t inadvertently turn on any VMs that were turned off for whatever reason before I began the shutdown. The third line will shutdown the Vmware guests. The third line will ask you for confirmation before doing anything. If you don’t want to be asked for confirmation, you can simply add “-Confirm:$false” as shown below:

$vmservers | Shutdown-VMGuest -Confirm:$false




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a_p_
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I was actually thinking of the Windows based vSphere Client rather than the Web Client.

André

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justingoldberg
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On small networks, I used plink (part of putty):

plink.exe -ssh 10.10.11.33 -l root -pw password /sbin/vmware-autostart.sh stop

This only stops automatically started VMs. To quote shutdown.sh:

#Power off autostart configured VMs

/sbin/vmware-autostart.sh stop


I am still trying to figure out how to use SSH keys with WinSCP and putty, as documented here.

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Mulevad
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You can write functions like this:

function Start-SR4 {

    start-vm -VM PRIM-SERVER,SEC-SERVER -RunAsync

    start-sleep -Seconds 30

    start-vm -VM CLIENT1,CLIENT2,CLIENT3,CLIENT4 -RunAsync

}                                                                                   

function Stop-SR4 {

    Stop-VMGuest -Confirm:$false -VM CLIENT1,CLIENT2,CLIENT3,CLIENT4

    start-sleep -Seconds 30

    Stop-VMGuest -Confirm:$false -VM PRIM-SERVER,SEC-SERVER

}

This leverages the previous reply with the command line info.

The delay is in case you need time for the clients to disconnect from the servers.

Does anyone know why the -Confirm switch requires the colon as in -Confirm:$false, instead of -Confirm $false?

This gave me some trouble.

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PCTechStream
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Easy and Effective solution in PowerCLI to Shutdown VMs with one click:

First LOGON into the vCenter from locally/remotely PowerCLI

Connect-VIServer -server YouvCenterServerName

PASTE,

get-content c:\cli\vm.txt | foreach-object { shutdown-vmguest $_ }

Press ENTER > DONE!

EXAMPLE:

C: Is your local C:\ Drive

CLI: You need to create a folder in the C: Drive & name it "cli" or anything you want

VM.TXT: then create a txt file & input all the VM names in it. EX:

VM1

VM2

VM3

Your can also Kill the VMs  from  the ESXi host

You better post your quest about PowerCLI @ VMTN Forum > Automation Tools > VMware PowerCLI for better answers!!!

Raul.

VMware VDI Administrator

http://ITCloudStream.com/

www.ITSA.Cloud
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Gimel
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Could not use Powershell scripts even after reading a lot about loading snap-ins/modules but I probably missed something. 😕

So I installed VMware-vSphere-CLI (version 5.5.0 for me) so I had the vmware-cmd.pl script and commands so that I could run the following DOS script by a scheduled task :

cd /D "C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware vSphere CLI\bin"

set login=-H myserver -U root -P mypassword

rem vmware-cmd.pl %login% -l to get the VM raw name

set vm=/vmfs/volumes/53b17247-36fb17f7-93f8-002590534d58/VM/VM.vmx

rem If I can get the VMtools status, the OS runs in the VM, so I shutdown the guest. Otherwise, I only have to hard shutdown the VM.

vmware-cmd.pl %login% %vm% gettoolslastactive | findstr /C:"= 0"

if %ERRORLEVEL% == 0 (

  vmware-cmd.pl %login% %vm% stop hard

) else (

  vmware-cmd.pl %login% %vm% stop

)

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