Automated ESXi service restarts using Plink

I needed to restart the ESXi management services each night for a few weeks and didn’t fancy logging in myself. Turns out you can do this easily using Plink.

Grab a copy from here. Then simply setup a scheduled task to run Plink using the following options:

plink.exe [ESXi Hostname] -batch -ssh -l [username] -pw [password] " restart"

This will cause Plink to open an SSH session to the ESXi host and execute the restart command.


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