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I currently have Vmware ESXI 5 cluster with Dell Poweredge R710 hosts. I was told that its possible when a host goes into stand-by to have a "quick-boot" when it comes out. At this time I am waiting 7+ minutes. I have seen another cluster that boots out of stand-by in 30 seconds.

Is this a setting or part of IPMI or bios? If so how do i set this up?

Best way I can explain it Is i want the VM Host to Go to Sleep vs power off completely when in stand-by mode.

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I think i might have found something vmware.com/files/pdf/hpm-perf-vsphere5.pdf –  Sarge Oct 29 '12 at 13:26
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This is part of the VMWare Distributed Power Management (DPM) functionality.

In your host config in the vSphere client, navigate to Configuration -> Software -> Power Management.

You can add your ILO/DRAC/IPMI settings in the resulting dialog.

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Further configuration on policy definition is available in your cluster properties dialog... It's related to the DRS feature.

What version of VMWare licensing are you running?

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ESXI 5.1.0, i already have the IMPI/iLO settings in place. –  Sarge Oct 29 '12 at 13:33
    
I'm asking about your license... This is only available in Enterprise or greater licensing. –  ewwhite Oct 29 '12 at 13:37
    
I am running Vsphere enterprise. I can use stand-by mode etc but its just slow. –  Sarge Oct 29 '12 at 13:39
    
Check your server's BIOS settings and ensure that C-states and specifically, P-states are enabled. (see: S3) –  ewwhite Oct 29 '12 at 13:41
    
I have no option for p-state control that i can find in the bios. C-State is enabled and the power management is under os control. –  Sarge Oct 29 '12 at 13:57
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