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How do I configure My vmware server on my linux so that after boot up the vmware server would automatically launch and bring up the guest applications?

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How do I configure My Vmware server on my RedHat Linux Ent 4 so that after boot up the Vmware server would automatically launch and bring up the guest applications?
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by:maeb3
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Select the Virtual machine (in the VM ware Server Console).
Select "Edit virtual machine settings".
Select "Options".
Select "Startup/shutdown".
Select "Local System account" (or select a user).
Select "on host startup: Power on Virtual machine".

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by:wang0162
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Please excuse my inexperience on this:  Can you kindly let me know why I am not seeing the following?

Select "Local System account" (or select a user).
Select "on host startup: Power on Virtual machine".

Unless this only occurs when server is started by root?

thanks,
Mike
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Hi Mike,

so you mean you get to the "Options" --> "Startup/Shutdown"-Setting, but you can't see the Drop-Down-Menu "on host startup" and "on host shutdown"? Is it greyed out or completely missing?

What version of VMware server console do you have? I have 1.0.1 and I can see this option even if I log in as user with no root privileges. Of course you have to shut down the Virtual Machine before setting the Startup-Options for this machine.

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by:wang0162
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They appear to be missing completely.   I have VMWare Server Console version 1.0.1 build-29996.  The virtual machine I am looking at is down as we speak.  Thanks! Mike
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Hi, I found the following in the GSX manual:

"You cannot configure a virtual machine to start up or shut down automatically when
the host starts or shuts down until the host is configured accordingly."

And in the GSX Admin manual:
"Enabling the System’s Configuration Settings
To enable the system-wide configuration settings for virtual machines, complete the following steps.

1. Log in to the VMware Management Interface as the Administrator (GSX Server for Windows hosts) or root user (GSX Server for Linux hosts).

2. On the Status Monitor page, click the Options tab. The Options page appears.

3. Click Virtual Machine Startup and Shutdown. The Virtual Machine Startup and Shutdown page appears.

4. Under System Configuration, click Edit. The System Startup and Shutdown Defaults page appears.

5. To enable system-wide startup and shutdown policies, check the Start Up and Shut Down Virtual Machines check box.

6. To configure when GSX Server should start the next virtual machine after a virtual machine starts, do one or both of the following:

• To specify a period of time before the next virtual machine starts, in the Continue Starting Virtual Machines After list, either choose the number of minutes to wait or indicate that GSX Server should not wait before starting the next virtual machine. If you select Other, specify the number of minutes to wait in the prompt that appears. It is a good idea to set a delay between starting virtual machines, as a delay avoids placing an undue burden on the host processors and memory.

• To specify that VMware Tools should start in a virtual machine before the next virtual machine starts, check when VMware Tools starts. If VMware Tools does not start in the virtual machine before the time specified in the Continue Starting Virtual Machines After list elapses, GSX Server starts the next virtual machine.

7. To configure when GSX Server should stop the next virtual machine after a virtual machine stops, in the Attempt to Continue Stopping Other Virtual Machines After list, either choose the number of minutes to wait or indicate that GSX Server should not wait before starting the next virtual machine. If you select Other, specify the number of minutes to wait in the prompt that appears. It is a good idea to set a delay between stopping virtual machines, as a delay avoids
placing an undue burden on the host processors and memory.

8. Click OK to save your settings.

9. Click Close Window to return to the management interface’s Options page."

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by:wang0162
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Wow, thanks!  I will try this tonight.  I would like to reward you with 200 additional points if it works!  I'll keep you posted.
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Got it!!!
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Glad I could help.

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