This may be my favorite post yet. There will come a time when you need to shutdown your cvm. I always recommend checking your cluster resiliency status and putting the cvm in maintenance mode before you do this.

Connect to your cvm via ssh, and execute the below command.

nutanix@cvm:~$ cvm_shutdown -P now

If your using ESX or AHV, don't forget to put those nodes in maintenance mode before shutting down the node.

To gracefully shutdown you AHV node:

root@ahv# shutdown -h now