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Why does ESXi host shutdown fail if the DNS server is offline?

FA166844

4/01/2019

Issue:
 PowerChute fails to shut down ESXi host/s when the DNS server is offline.

Product Line:
PowerChute Business Edition Agent versions 9.0.3, 9.1.1, 9.2, 9.2.1, 9.5, 10
PowerChute Network Shutdown versions 2.2.3, 2.2.4, 3.0, 3.0.1


Environment:
  VMware Virtual Management Assistant (vMA)


Cause:
PowerChute runs a script the pulls the host name/s from vifptarget library. If the DNS server is running as virtual machine (VM) and has been shut down or the DNS server is off line the ESXi host name/s cannot be resolved causing the shut down to fail.

NOTE: PowerChute Network Shutdown version 3.1 and 4.x do not utilize vifptarget library. If running older versions of PowerChute Network Shutdown we recommend updated to the latest version.

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To download the latest version of PowerChute Network Shutdown click here


Solution:
Add the ESXi host/s to /etc/hosts file