VMware Workstation 8 auto start guest machine(s)

Posted on 2011-10-09
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I upgraded to VMware Workstation 8 with the understanding that I can setup a virtual machine (guest) to automatically startup when I reboot the "host" (my workstation). I remember seeing a blurb about "Shared VMs" so I converted it to one. I can't figure out where I can do this. Any help would be appreciated.

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    by:Aaron Tomosky
    I'm still on 7 but the solution for 7 was to simply make a batch file that did a command line start, put that batch file in startup.

    I'm hoping 8 has this built in, as I may be upgrading soon.
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    Pg. 184 of WS8 User Guide:

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    The option is still not really what I call a "mainstream feature", and not sure why. It should be. But, VMware did at least provide a roundabout way to do so. Place the VM in the shared VM folder and configure. I have WS8, but hadn't yet configured my VM to autostart. Will look at doing so this week sometime.
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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    I use the VMware run command, in the Startup Group.

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