Virtual Machine Automatic Startup and Shutdown

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Hi,

  I like to know how I can enable the EDIT button to manually change startup option for each virtual machine in the Virtual Machine Automatic Startup and Shutdown window.

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Are you talking about the delay time?
Try disabling the 'System Settings' Options which will enable "Edit" button.

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RickEpnet:
Are you talking about the delay time? ---> No, Say there are several virtual machines and you DO WANT ONLY SELECTED virtual machines to be automatically started automatically because some of them are created for testing. Some of them are Production Servers which you want them started automatically when the computer is turned on.

joyofsharing:
Try disabling the 'System Settings' Options  ---> Where can I find it in vSphere?
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Click on the host and then see the screen shot does that give you enough information???
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RickEpnet:
That was the exact screenshot that I posted with my original question.
On the Virtual Machine Automatic Startup and Shutdown window, I like to control "Startup" setting on each virtual machine by clicking the EDIT button, but it is recessed when I select any virtual machine.
You have to to move the server up and down to change if they will start or stop automatically. Maybe I am missing something here??

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RickEpnet:

  I know you can move the virtual machine up and down using "Move UP" or "Move Down" buttons.
 How can I enable the EDIT button below those MOVE UP & DOWN buttons?
They have to be in the Automatic start up or Any order Groups for the edit button to be enabled.  

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RickEpnet:

 Thank you pointing that out. I have not moved any of the virtual machines in [Manual Startup] section to [Automatic Startup] section.
 When I moved one to [Automatic Startup] section, the EDIT button was enabled.
In the Edit windows, I see the drop down menu (in Shutdown settings section) where I can choose   Guest Shutdown as "Perform Shutdown Action". What does it mean by "Guest Shutdown"?
That will shut down the guest computer as if you had shut down windows when you a logged in. If you select power off that would be like pulling the power plug on a computer. You need to ahve the VMware tools installed.

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That will shut down the guest computer ---> does it  mean the PC running VSphere client? I don't understand why you would shutdown your own PC that is controlling the server running ESXi OS...

What option is the best for "Shutdown"? Shut down guest or Power Off? Which option is the same as going to each virtual machine and click Start button (from left bottom corner) and choose Shutdown option from the drop-down on Windows?
It will shut down the Virtual Machine not the machine you have the vShpere client on unless that is also a virtual machine.
Shut Down is your best option.

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RickEpnet:

Thanks for all of your help and I appreciate it.

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Can you shut down the server running ESXi using VSphere client instead of walking over to the physical location and press <F12> to initiate the shutdown process?
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Can you shut down the server running ESXi using VSphere client instead of walking over to the physical location and press <F12> to initiate the shutdown process?

Yes, Right Click the Host and Select SHUTDOWN.

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Thanks hanccocka. That worked.

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