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I'm working on a software package I'd like to be able to release as a virtual appliance. I'll be exporting the appliance from VirtualBox as a .ovf file. Outside of vmware server, are there any Windows host options that allow me to start the appliance when the host OS boots?

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I have only ever used vmware for virtual appliances, but the Wikipedia articles on Virtual Appliance and Portable Application Creators have a few links you might want to check out.

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So your distribution method will be a virtual disk correct? Does the app work as a service?

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also is it a windows application? What license model are you going to use? – tony roth Mar 25 '10 at 14:48

How about vmware player?

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If the host is running Hyper-V (your appliance would need to be in .vhd format) you have a Automatic Start Action and Stop Action inside each VM's settings including automatically start.

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