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I have a production server running vmware server 2.0. I want one of the VM's (company intranet) to power on automatically if the host server is rebooted. I searched online and found references to an autostart setting for the global configuration file and/or the local VMX files. However in all cases, the advice was given 4 years ago, so I am not sure if this even applies anymore. Should I just put a shortcut to the .vmx file in the startup group? Is there a better/different way? Thanks all!

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In the VMWare Server GUI, select host in the "Inventory" panel (root node of the tree), to the right "Commands" panel should appear with "Edit Virtual Machine Startup/Shutdown Settings". There will be an option to autostart the guest VM.

  • Its the one answer! – Kazimieras Aliulis May 14 '09 at 21:19
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    Totally missed the "root node" part of the UI - thanks for the quick response! – John Virgolino May 14 '09 at 21:33
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under the inventory, highlight on the host name (physical machine name) not the VM that you want --> then from the right you will find (Edit Virtual Machine Startup/Shutdown Settings) --> then Allow to start automatically

Thanks, Mina

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I unfortunately do not have a running VMWare console nearby, but there is a Startup and Shutdown either under the Virtual Machine menu or the virtual machine configuration. There is a simple tick box that specifies whether you want the machine to auto start, and you can also specify a delay. You can also control in which order the machines start.

This is standard functionality in VMWare Server.

(gsharper posts is more accurate regarding finding the option)

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