You can manage power actions, such as start and stop actions, on shared and remote virtual machines.

About this task

The available power options differ for Windows and Linux hosts.

Table 1. Virtual Machine Power Options on Windows host for Shared and Remote virtual machines

Power Actions

Description

Auto Start

When you select Auto Start, the virtual machines start when the host starts.

Auto Suspend

When you select Auto Suspend, the virtual machines suspend when the host shuts down.

Table 2. Virtual Machine Power Options on Linux host for Shared and Remote virtual machines

Power Actions

Description

Auto Start

When you select Auto Start, the virtual machines start when the host starts.

Suspend

When you select Suspend, the virtual machines suspend when the host shuts down.

Shut Down Guest

When you select Shut Down Guest, the virtual machines shut down when the host shuts down.

Power Off

When you select Power Off, the virtual machines power off when the host shuts down.

None

When you select None, the stop actions of the host do not affect the virtual machines.

If the remote server is running vCenter Server, you cannot configure power actions . You cannot use the power actions to configure virtual machines to start or stop in a preferred sequence. You can use the VMware vSphere Client to configure more advanced features, including startup order. See the vSphere virtual machine administration documentation.

Prerequisites

  • If you are configuring power actions for remote virtual machines, connect to the remote server. See Connect to a Remote Server.

  • Verify that you have the Administrator role or a custom role that contains the Host.Configuration.Virtual machine autostart configuration privilege.

Procedure

  1. Select the location of the virtual machines.

    Option

    Description

    The virtual machines are on the local host

    1. In the library, select Shared VMs.

    2. On the Shared VMs tab, click Manage VM Power Actions.

    The virtual machines are on a remote host

    1. In the library, select the remote host.

    2. On the tab for the remote host, click Manage VM Power Actions.

  2. Select the virtual machines to start or stop with the host system.
  3. If you selected multiple virtual machines, select the number of seconds to delay between starting or stopping the virtual machines.
  4. To save your changes, click Save.