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Vmware 2.0 Free - Automatic Power on when system start

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Hi guys,

I install 2 Virtual Machines on Vmware Server 2.0 Free on Windows 2003, but i need turn on the vm's when system startup or shutdown when power off.

Please help :)
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Question by:Gonzalo Becerra
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by:igor-1965
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It is being set in individual VM - check out power options.
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by:Bryan Butler
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I guess you're going to need a startup script that you put in your "windows startup".  I have one that waits till there are at least 26 processes running to start running tests this way....

& "C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Workstation\vmrun"  -gu Tester -gp drmsncsu start "C:\Users\Bryan.DRMS\Documents\Virtual Machines\XP_Base_D2\Windows XP Professional.vmx"  

Start-Sleep 25
do {
    $numProcesses=& "C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Workstation\vmrun" -gu Tester -gp drmsncsu ListProcessesInGuest "C:\Users\Bryan.DRMS\Documents\Virtual Machines\XP_Base_D2\Windows XP Professional.vmx" | measure-object -line

$numProcesses.Lines

    Start-Sleep 10
} until ($numProcesses.Lines -gt 26)


As far as shutting down, this might help:  http://communities.vmware.com/message/949876#949876
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by:Gonzalo Becerra
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Sorry, can tell me any example? i have the Virtual Machine on D:\Virtual Machines\Win2k3.vmx and user Administrator
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by:Bryan Butler
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So, to start it with powershell:

& "C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Workstation\vmrun"  -gu <userid>-gp <password> start "D:\Virtual Machines\Win2k3.vmx"

And I guess DOS would work without the "&".  This assume you installed to the default location.  You supply your userid and pw.  Does that work for you?
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by:Gonzalo Becerra
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Thanks, but i have a problem when i test startup the virtual machine.
The version of Vmware is Vmware Server 2.0


Thanks for help! :=)

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You can check out some samples here: http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vix160_vmrun_command.pdf
I think for server, it would be:

vmrun -T server -h <url - ex. https://www.test.com:5555/sdk -u user -p paswrd start "<file name>.vmx"

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