The default and recommended setting is to leave the purple screen of death up to help you notice that the host has died and also leave the PSOD up to help troubleshoot the issue because on reboot you can loose your logs.
1. Shell (SSH) into the physical host or access the host directly from the troubleshooting console
2. Change the auto reboot timeout value (in seconds) in this example I have changed it to 2 minutes
esxcfg-advcfg -s 120 /Misc/BlueScreenTimeout
3. Test the physical host by sending an unsupported command (do this only if you really want to test it!)
vsish -e set /reliability/crashMe/Panic 1
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