With the latest versions of Esxi 5.x and VCenter, is the autostart of vm's on clustered hosts configured with HA still not possible ? We are running Esxi 5.0.0 623860 on each esxi host, and vCenter Server 5.0.0, 755629. The autostart properties are greyed out when in vCenter Server.
As taken from the Vmware 5.0 documentation at : http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-50/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.vmware.vsphere.vm_admin.doc_50%2FGUID-6CA3CCF8-71A7-4167-AA5D-86BB67CF060D.html
"... The Virtual Machine Startup and Shutdown (automatic startup) feature is disabled for all virtual machines residing on hosts that are in (or moved into) a vSphere HA cluster. Automatic startup is not supported when used with vSphere HA."
We mostly need the vm's to start automatically in the event of a power failure, where the ups will gracefully shutdown the vm's and the esx hosts. When power is restored, the vm's won't start automatically, unless done manually in vSphere client. And often these situations occur during the weekend (building maintenance, etc) when no IT staff is present, and people need to work on the servers, locally or remotely.
If not possible with vmware, are there any other options ?