Fiction
Contributor
Contributor

Start a VM with the start of a esx 4.1 host

Hello

The week end, i have to shutdown all my cluster (esx 4.1) for electric maintenance in the building.

When i will restart the esx, i want the vcenter vm to start automaticaly, is it possible ?

Thanks in advance

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PduPreez
VMware Employee
VMware Employee

Hi

You can set up VM startup on the Host configuration Tab - "Virtual Machine Startup/Shutdown" setting

The setting will follow the VM to other hosts

I must inform also that these settings becomes/are disabled when the host join/is part of an HA cluster

You could disable HA and set this up before you shut down the whole environment, but I would do the following:

Move vCenter to a specific host (ESXi 001)

Disable DRS on for the vCenter VM so that you always know where it is in future, unless that host fails and HA will move it.

Shut down all VMs accept vCenter

Shut down all Hosts accept (ESX 001)

Connect straight to (ESX 001) with vSphere client

Shut down vCenter VM

Shut Down Host

Starting Up:

Start all Host (ESX 001) 1st

Connect to (ESX 001) with vSphere client

Start vCenter VM

Connect to vCenter

Start all VMs

Just to note, when all VMs are gracefully shut down and a host restarts, the VM will not be started because th3e last state was powered off

(This is for an HA cluster off course Smiley Happy)

Please award points if you find this helpful/correct Smiley Wink

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PduPreez
VMware Employee
VMware Employee

So to answer your question Smiley Wink

When i will restart the esx, i want the vcenter vm to start automaticaly, is it possible ?

If it is an HA cluster = NO not possible

If it is a normal Cluster = Yes through host settings "Virtual Machine Startup/Shutdown"

Please award points for helpful/correct answers :smileycool:

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