Whether the host power state and migration recommendations generated by VMware DPM are executed automatically or not depends upon the power management automation level selected for the feature.

The automation level is configured under Power Management in the cluster’s Settings dialog box. The options available are:

Off – The feature is disabled and no recommendations will be made.

Manual – Host power operation and related virtual machine migration recommendations are made, but not automatically executed. These recommendations appear on the cluster’s DRS tab in the vSphere Client.

Automatic – Host power operations are automatically executed if related virtual machine migrations can all be executed automatically.


The power management automation level is not the same as the DRS automation level.