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The ESXi host running the free edition of VMware is not shutting down when commanded to by PowerChute Network Shutdown.

Issue:
VMware ESXi host, which is running the free edition of VMware, is not shutting down when commanded to by PowerChute Network Shutdown.

Product Line:
PowerChute Network Shutdown (PCNS) version 2.2.3, 2.2.4, 3.0, 3.0.1, 3.1, 4.x

Environment:
VMware ESXi versions 3.5, 4.x, 5.x, 6.x, 7.x

Cause:
The free edition of VMware ESXi provides read-only access to the API functions. Without write access to the API functions, PowerChute cannot issue a command to shut down an ESXi host.
To review a list of supported VMware ESXi versions see What VMware ESXi Licenses are support with PowerChute?

Resolution:
To make PowerChute Network Shutdown work properly you will need to purchase a license for ESXi. 

You can also find more information in Kbase Shutdown VMware ESXi 4.X, 5.X unlicensed server with PowerChute Network Shutdown

 

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