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I'm running several VMs (Mainly windows XP) on a 2008 server under Hyper-V. I'd like to automatically schedule some of these machines to startup and shutdown according to a schedule. To limit availability to the times when people are supposed to be in the office to log into them.
How can this be achieved??

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So basically it is pretty easy with PowerShell

  1. Install PS
  2. Get the library written for managing VMs http://www.codeplex.com/PSHyperv
  3. Write your PS script which looks like something like this:

    . c:\whatever\hyperv.ps1

    Stop-VM XXX

    Start-VM XXX

  4. Schedule it http://ss64.com/nt/schtasks.html

HTH

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Thanks - It took me a while to get powershell up and running, now I've been using it for a few days I've got the startup/shutdown running smoothly. Great Answer! –  Tom Brown Dec 23 '09 at 20:31
    
Thank you! PowerShell is awesome. –  Istvan Dec 25 '09 at 8:43

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