Using the ESXi esxcli command to power off a virtual machine
The esxcli command can be used locally or remotely to power off a virtual machine running on ESXi 5.x or later. For more information, see the esxcli vm Commands section in the vSphere Command-Line Interface Reference.
Open a console session where the esxcli tool is available, either in the ESXi Shell, the vSphere Management Assistant (vMA), or the location where the vSphere Command-Line Interface (vCLI) is installed.
Get a list of running virtual machines, identified by World ID, UUID, Display Name, and path to the .vmx configuration file by running this command:esxcli vm process list
Power off the virtual machine from the list by running this command:esxcli vm process kill --type= [soft,hard,force] --world-id= WorldNumberNotes:
Three power-off methods are available. Soft is the most graceful, hard performs an immediate shutdown, and force should be used as a last resort.
alternate power off command syntax is: esxcli vm process kill -t [ soft,hard,force] -w WorldNumber
Repeat Step 2 and validate that the virtual machine is no longer running.
Using the ESXi command-line utility vim-cmd to power off the virtual machine
Get a list of all registered virtual machines, identified by their VMID, Display Name, and path to the .vmx configuration file by running this command:vim-cmd vmsvc/getallvms
Get the current state of a virtual machine by running this command:vim-cmd vmsvc/power.getstate VMID
Shutdown the virtual machine using the VMID found in Step 2 and run this command:vim-cmd vmsvc/power.shutdown VMIDNote: If the virtual machine fails to shut down, run this command:vim-cmd vmsvc/power.off VMID
Note: this article is for my quick reference, VMware KB reference (https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/1014165)