I know this has been covered before (and I've read those documents/threads/etc.), but I'm still having issues. Forgive my ignorance!
So far I've enabled it as so:
But the VMs under "Automatic Startup" still aren't auto-starting. I then found that HA can be a factor (if it's enabled, you can't auto-startup/shutdown VMs). However, it's currently in a N/A state:
Each VM has this same N/A state as well (and VM Tools are installed on all of them, if that matters). I also don't have any Clusters or anything listed under home, so I can't figure out where to truly disable HA:
vMotion will work only when have cluster configured and multiple hosts.
what i see that you're logged in host using vsphere client. In that case you're configure the startup order of the vms with the host only.
Sorry, does vMotion required to be on/off for automatic VM startup/shutdown? I thought HA was in question
Also, I read that link you posted and had already tried that as I stated in my original post (I also didn't come across any mention of vMotion). And it appears that link is for vSphere 4 if that matters at all (vSphere 5 is what I'm using).