I think it is some sort of security thing for servers, that they don't shut down when you accidently hit the power button. I can't shut down my Windows Server 2003 either with the acpipowerbutton, but my XP VMs do respond to it. When I log on to the console of the server, the acpipowerbutton does work. When I lock the session, it too does not respond to the ACPI command. It seems that you have only a few options, one of them is to use poweroff, essentially pulling it's power cord, or set the system to log on automatically to the console and never let it lock. There are of course other options you can use, like a save state.
With the new version however, you can send a command to the VM if the GA are fully updated. With that, you can send the shutdown command too, using 'shutdown -s', which defaults to a 30 second count down until it shuts down.
bodo wrote:btw. my personal solution to this is using cygwin/sshd and issuing the shutdown remotely over sshd, lot of work but i really needed the feature
Why not just RDP to the server like usual and issue the shutdown from it there? How else do you manage it? .
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