How-To Enable VM to Automatically reboot on ESXi host

I have been around the virtualization community for a number of years. Until my role at HP, I haven’t had many real world use cases for my learning. I would just install vSphere and then start loading VM’s onto it. I was plagued by having to restart my virtual machine’s automatically. I checked the virtual machine settings to no end.  After some digging around I found the right way to configure and prioritize the start-up process.

Please enjoy the Video and alternately I listed the steps with some images.


How-To Enable Auto Start of virtual Machine on ESXi

You can watch this quick video here



Listed Steps

Open vSphere web interface

vcenter dash

Click on vCenter

Click on Hosts

Right Click the Host you are configuring

vSphere Esxi Host Right Click menu

Click on Settings

Click on VM Startup/Shutdown

vsphere startup selection

Click on Edit

vSphere VM Start Settings

Ensure Automatically start and stop the virtual machines with the system is selected

Modify the delay settings to your liking

  • Select virtual machine and use the blue arrows to move into either the Any order or Automatic Startup
    • Note the difference is that Any Order will just reboot any system, while Auto start has a priority order to start over any other system.
  • Click ok

Nerd’s Blurt

At work I am doing more quick demo videos, I am going to be doing more of them on here as well. The topics will be different and length of video depends on what is being shown. If you would like to see a tutorial on something please leave a comment and I can see what I can do. I am trying to practice my video skills and presenting if you missed my post on BlurtCast. My goal is to one day Author a course or two for Plural Sight 🙂

Hope you enjoyed watching as much as I enjoyed creating this for you all.