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Shutdown VMware ESXi 4.X, 5.X unlicensed server with PowerChute Network Shutdown

Published date: 15 October 2020

How to shutdown VMware ESXi host that is running the free edition of VMware with PowerChute Network Shutdown

Product Line:
PowerChute Network Shutdown v4.0, v4.1, v4.2

VMWare ESXi free edition

The VMware free edition of ESXi provides read-only access to the API functions. Without access to API functions, PowerChute cannot issue a command to shut down the ESXi host.


The following Kbase article provides a sample script that com be used to shut down an unlicensed ESXi host. You can configure PowerChute Network Shutdown to execute this script using the shutdown command file feature.

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PowerChute can issue shutdown commands for licensed ESXi hosts and does not require an external script.

NOTE: The document describing how to shut down an unlicensed ESXi server is provided by the VMware Community. Follow the steps at your own risk; Schneider Electric does not give support for these instructions.

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