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!

3 Answers 3


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! May 14, 2009 at 21:19
  • 1
    Totally missed the "root node" part of the UI - thanks for the quick response! May 14, 2009 at 21:33

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


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)

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.