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Auto shutdown ESXI host

Hi people!

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I´m really struggling to find a way to shut down my ESXI host at night.

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Scenario:

01:00 AM – shutdown VM´s and the host afterwards.

13:00 PM – turn on the host and VM´s afterwards.

Setup:

HP ML330 Vmware ESXI host (single host without Vsphere / vcenter)

2 VMs running on the host.

Raspberry pi available if needed.

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Shutting down the VMs is no problem (task scheduler), the problem is shutting down the host and turning it on again some hours later (automatic).

I have searched on google for the past 3 days but can´t find a working solution.

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One solution- create cronjob

[https://alantindale.com/adding-a-cron-job-to-esxi/](https://alantindale.com/adding-a-cron-job-to-esxi/)

This solution requires an job scheduler, which is available in Vsphere, which I don´t have.

Also the file /var/spool/cron/crontabs/root is readonly even tho i´m logged on as root.

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I have installed Vmware PowerCLI module for powershell but it doesn´t have stop-vmhost command, I think that´s only Vsphere powercli.

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Is it possible to create an powershell script, which connect to the host with SSH and shut down the host from there?

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Any suggestions?

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Thanks in advance!


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