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    autostart VM from ESXI 6.5 web client

    informelYves Lurker

      I just installed a new ESXI 6.5 server as a learning tool and have several VM already installed


      I am using the web interface ( so, I did not installed anything on my laptop) and I am trying to find out the setting that would enable me to startup up a VM automatically.


      Are  there options missing in the HTML client ?

        • 1. Re: autostart VM from ESXI 6.5 web client
          Richardson Porto Champion
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          Click on the Virtual Machines on the left panel, select a virtual machine on the right panel, right click on the virtual machine and on Autostart, click on Increase Priority or Decrease Priority. And make sure Autostart is enabled click on Manage on the left panel, and click on Autostart.


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          • 2. Re: autostart VM from ESXI 6.5 web client
            informelYves Lurker

            Silly me

            I had done the increase priority already, but did not saw that I had to enable it after that.

            Thanks for the answer.


            note "and click on Autostart." does not work for me, I have to click on edit to change the setting,

            • 3. Re: autostart VM from ESXI 6.5 web client
              glenndemm Lurker

              Extra information:

              on overview of virtual machines, you can add autostart information by right-clicking column header > Select Columns.

              check Autostart order, Start Delay


              some confusion over the wording:  increase priority seems to increase the start order (as in later start) - but could be caused by sluggish webclient



              • 4. Re: autostart VM from ESXI 6.5 web client
                Squareball Novice



                I have the same issue with a standalone ESX 6.5 server.


                I've configured the host and client settings using the web client to allow a single server to auto start but it doesn't start. I've also checked the configuration from the full client and all looked fine.


                I've even added the autostart parameter to the VM's vmx file but no joy.


                So, I'm in a position where autostart worked fine with ESX 6.0 but doesn't work with 6.5.

                Any ideas?




                • 5. Re: autostart VM from ESXI 6.5 web client
                  dBottaro Lurker



                  I'll simply echo the web interface to change the AutoStart priority is does not function as expected.  I have globally enabled AutoStart as described above and my guests DO start correctly.


                  However, the text in the increase/decrease priority is absolutely misleading.  It would indicate the higher the number, the earlier the autostart -- this is not the case.


                  The numbering is the same as old versions of VMWare where the autostart number is literally the order the guests will start in.


                  Also, sometimes the increase/decrease options don't actually DO anything on some guest listings.


                  Just my experience,


                  • 6. Re: autostart VM from ESXI 6.5 web client
                    Nosella Lurker

                    Hi Yves


                    Guess you're looking about this steps:


                    1) On the left panel choose "Host and Cluster"

                    2) select the host with your Vms you want automatically power on

                    3) On the right panel click on "Configure"

                    4) Then on the "Virtual Machine" menù choose "VM Startup/Shutdown"

                    5) And then click on "Edit" to configure your VMs to auto startup and or shutdown



                    Hope this can help you


                    Enjoy whit VmWare



                    • 7. Re: autostart VM from ESXI 6.5 web client
                      zeusAtlanta Lurker

                      Nosella, your screen capture is from the vSphere web client.  This topic is for the ESXi web client which is quite different, unfortunately.


                      I too have the issue with priorities not changing, although at least at the moment I can't increase the priority (just doesn't do anything) but I can manipulate the list by decreasing other machines and achieve the desired order.


                      Presumably as others have said 1 starts first, then 2, and so on.  That isn't clear, nor documented, and is the complete opposite of what the button claims (decreasing a machine at order 2 changes it to 1, not 3).


                      It is somewhat mind blowing that there are these issues with the ESXi web client... doesn't give me a great feeling about relying on it in a small office (where we have no budget and vSphere is unnecessary and out of the question).

                      • 8. Re: autostart VM from ESXI 6.5 web client
                        JesserM Novice



                        There is a Autostart "Master Switch" in ESXi Web Client that must be set to "Yes".



                        After that you can set start delay and priority individually for your VMs.





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                        • 9. Re: autostart VM from ESXI 6.5 web client
                          K_Faisal Novice

                          Does vCenter 6.5 has a new Function, do enabling Autostart in a host in HA Cluster will work?

                          • 10. Re: autostart VM from ESXI 6.5 web client
                            herdesh Lurker

                            Hello All,


                            I am using HTML client for managing VMware ESXi 6.5ui host and i'm trying to enable the Autostart feature.


                            For this, i have done the following this:

                              1. Under the option Host -> Manager -> Autostart, i have enabled the autostart feature.
                              2. Also enabled the Autostart feature by right clicking the VM.


                            My Question

                            When i restart the host, Autostart feature (enabled in STEP1) automatically  goes disabled.


                            Thanks in advance..!!!!!

                            • 11. Re: autostart VM from ESXI 6.5 web client
                              sp46887 Novice

                              I had the same problem with ESXi 6.5. Some VMs didn't autostart after bringing ESXi host up. I'm using the embedded web client.



                              I simply de-registered and re-registered the VMs and now all is working.


                              It seems to be an issue, hopefully fixed in newer versions.

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                              • 12. Re: autostart VM from ESXI 6.5 web client
                                BarryChung Lurker

                                VMWare ESXi 6.5 AutoStart.PNG

                                1. Right Click on any column and left click on "Select columns" -> check "Autostart order".
                                2. Right Click on the VM with "Autostart order: Unset" -> "Autostart" -> "Increase" to enable autostart and set the order.
                                3. Keep decreasing the "autostart order" on an VM until lower than "1", it becomes "Unset" which will disable "Autostart"


                                PS.  Make sure you have enabled the Autostart under "Host" -> "Manage" -> "System" -> "Autostart".

                                • 13. Re: autostart VM from ESXI 6.5 web client
                                  AdeyWare Lurker

                                  Hi ,


                                  My ESXi 6.5 did not autostart VMs on power up of the server. The other posts are correct in that auto startup needs to be enabled,

                                  This did not work until I had Patched my ESXI 6.5 server with the updates, it is now far less "buggy" and everything now works so much better.


                                  https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/patch#search  to see all the patches.  Use putty to apply the patches.





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                                  • 14. Re: autostart VM from ESXI 6.5 web client
                                    isukhov Lurker

                                    Tried all these recommendations regarding enabling auto-start in WEB interface of standalone ESXi 6.5.0 build 4887370 and it were useless

                                    Unregister/Register VM did not work also

                                    It looks like WEB interface has some issue with setting up variables, for quick fix CLI can be used.





                                    [root@localhost:~] vim-cmd hostsvc/autostartmanager/get_autostartseq

                                    (vim.host.AutoStartManager.AutoPowerInfo) [

                                       (vim.host.AutoStartManager.AutoPowerInfo) {

                                          key = 'vim.VirtualMachine:3',

                                          startOrder = 1,

                                          startDelay = -1,

                                          waitForHeartbeat = "systemDefault",

                                          startAction = "powerOn",

                                          stopDelay = -1,

                                          stopAction = "systemDefault"



                                    [root@localhost:~] vim-cmd vmsvc/getallvms

                                    Vmid    Name                  File                   Guest OS       Version   Annotation

                                    3      CentOS7   [SSDslot4] CentOS7/CentOS7.vmx   centos7_64Guest   vmx-13             

                                    [root@localhost:~] vim-cmd hostsvc/autostartmanager/enable_autostart true

                                    Enabled AutoStart

                                    [root@localhost:~] vim-cmd hostsvc/autostartmanager/update_autostartentry 3 powerOn 5 1 systemDefault 1 systemDefault

                                    1Updated AutoStart order.

                                    [root@localhost:~] vim-cmd hostsvc/autostartmanager/get_autostartseq

                                    (vim.host.AutoStartManager.AutoPowerInfo) [

                                       (vim.host.AutoStartManager.AutoPowerInfo) {

                                          key = 'vim.VirtualMachine:3',

                                          startOrder = 1,

                                          startDelay = 5,

                                          waitForHeartbeat = "systemDefault",

                                          startAction = "powerOn",

                                          stopDelay = 1,

                                          stopAction = "systemDefault"



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