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I recently had the pleasure to somehow provide my customer with a simple remote kill & boot button for various machines running on a single ESXi (6.5.0) host. If you ever had to deal with ESXi, you know it is a rather confusing mess of different tools and versions, that tightly interact with each other. Long story short, ESXi on a free license doesn’t provide a dedicated API for such tasks and an upgrade is quite costly.

I know security monks gonna be indignant on my solution especially because it relies on SSH, but if your environment is not critical…

Laurin Heilmeyer

Software Engineer with focus on web and mobile development. Currently working at university on various software projects.

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