Shutting down or restarting and ESXi host can be done in 3 ways
- using the vSphere Client console
- Using SSH connection
Using the host console
To restart the host using the vSphere Client Right Click on the host and select Shut Down or reboot.
To use the SSh connection log in to host via SSH and issue the reboot command for restar and the shutdown.sh for shutting down the host
To use the Direct Console User Interface (DCUI)
Press F2 for shutdown or F11 for restart