I had a planned power cut exercise.
APC Powerchute Network Shutdown done great job, ESX servers shutdown clean (with all VM guest shutdown first, as per configuration VM Startup/Shutdown)
But on power on of the ESX the machines configured for auto startup did NOT even attempt to power on
Had to connect to ESX server & manually start them (in fact just the one VC VM)
Anybody any idea why this could be & how to sort it?
Could of course be as simple as ESX-1003352 - PATCH
I think you answered your own question. Yes, this is a bug. If you do not have this patch installed on your hosts, then it's a good bet this is why the VMs did not start up. Double check your startup delay on the VMs and make sure it something reasonable (I think the default is 2 minutes).
I have 150 sec on one server and 180 sec on a second server
That should be enough.
Also when I started VC by hand, all the other VM autostarted - is that normal?
How is it that VMware released patch for this almost 2 years after the ESX 3.01 product?
Nobody noticed it before?