You can configure the automatic startup and shutdown properties as well as the delay settings for virtual machines.

The startup and shutdown settings are associated with the ESX host configuration and can be changed only when you use vSphere Web Access to connect to an ESX host.

You must log in to an ESX host to configure the virtual machine startup and shutdown settings.

Required privilege: Host.Configuration.Virtual Machine Auto-Start Configuration.

1

In the Inventory panel, select the ESX host.

2

Click the Summary tab and click Edit Virtual Machine Startup/Shutdown Settings in the Commands section.

The Virtual Machine Startup/Shutdown Settings dialog box opens.

3

Select the Allow virtual machines to start and stop automatically with the system check box.

4

(Optional) Select the Start next VM immediately if the VMware Tools start check box to have the virtual machine boot immediately after VMware Tools start.

5

(Optional) To have the operating system start after a brief delay, enter a Default Startup Delay time.

This delay allows time for VMware Tools or the booting system to run scripts.

6

Select a shutdown action.

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(Optional) To delay shutdown for each virtual machine by a certain amount of time, enter a Default Shutdown Delay value.

This shutdown delay applies only if the virtual machine did not already shut down before the delay period elapses. If the virtual machine shuts down before that delay time is reached, the next virtual machine starts shutting down.

8

Use Move Up and Move Down to specify the order in which the virtual machines start when the system starts.

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To configure user-specified autostartup and autoshutdown behavior for any virtual machine, select the virtual machine in the list and click Edit.

a

In the Startup Settings section, select one of the options.

Select Use default.

Select Use specified settings, enter a Startup Delay time in seconds, and select or deselect the Continue immediately if the VMware Tools start check box.

b

In the Shutdown Settings section, select one of the options.

Select Use default.

Select Use specified settings, enter a Shutdown Delay time in seconds, and select a shutdown action from the Perform shutdown action drop-down menu.

Caution

You must enter a value in the Shutdown Delay time text field when you change the shutdown action. The text field cannot be empty. If you do not enter a delay time, you cannot save the shutdown action changes. Also, if you change the shutdown action setting when accessing the setting from outside the vSphere Client, that change is not reflected in the Autostart Settings manager if you did not also set the shutdown delay to a nonnegative value.

c

Click OK to accept the changes to the autostartup and autoshutdown settings of the selected virtual machine.

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Click OK again to accept the changes to the startup and shutdown settings of the ESX host.