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How to do it with the free version of VMWare or any other windows free virtualization software?

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

My method:

  1. Set up a remote interactive session to autostart (follow the instructions at http://wiki.imacros.net/How_to_Schedule_a_RemoteInteractive_Session - its easier then it sounds!)

  2. Create a shortcut to the vmware machine(s) you need to autostart and drag them to the autostart folder.

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Here's some instructions how to do it on VMware Server:

http://www.petri.co.il/automatically-power-up-vmware-server-guest-os.htm

It's easier to look for starting a VM on power up since it is the same as rebooting on a restart.

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