ESX5:  Auto start and load a VM instead of the yellow ESXi config screen

Posted on 2012-08-18
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2012-08-18
Hi All,

Is it possible to install ESXi 5 and have it load a VM rather than the yellow ESXi screen?

As I want to load it onto a PC, but also use the PC as one of the VM's

Question by:detox1978

Accepted Solution

lucifer82 earned 1000 total points
ID: 38307551
Hi detox1978,

that's not possible with ESXi.

What you want to do is more like the feature using the Microsoft Virtual Disk (VHD)  and boot up from that.

How many VMs are you planning to run? You can use VMware player within the PC if you want to run the VM.
LVL 124

Assisted Solution

by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 1000 total points
ID: 38307581
You cannot access a Virtual Machines console from the ESXi console.

But you can set ESXi to AutoStart Virtual Machines.

Auto Start and Shutdown Virtual Machines

Just log into your ESX server using the vSphere GUI Client, click on the host, then click the Configuration tab. In the 'Software' box, click the Virtual Machine Startup/Shutdown link. In the upper right click Properties.


If you want to use a PC and install VMs, you could use a Type 2 Hypervisor or you could use Windows 2008 R2 with the Hyper-V Role.

Type 1 and Type 2 Hypervisor Downloads

Type 2 Hypervisor Downloads for Windows OS

VMware Player 4.0 Free Download

VMware Server 2.0.2 Free Download (discontinued)

VMware Workstation 8.0 (60 day trial, $199)

Oracle Virtualbox 4.0

Parallels Desktop 4 for Windows

VMware ESXi can also be run in VMware Workstation or VMware Player.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 38307596
Thanks,  I guess I'll install Hype-V

Featured Post

NEW Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 1.5

With Office 365, it’s your data and your responsibility to protect it. NEW Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 eliminates the risk of losing access to your Office 365 data.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

In this article we will learn how to backup a VMware farm using Nakivo Backup & Replication. In this tutorial we will install the software on a Windows 2012 R2 Server.
What if you have to shut down the entire Citrix infrastructure for hardware maintenance, software upgrades or "the unknown"? I developed this plan for "the unknown" and hope that it helps you as well. This article explains how to properly shut down …
Teach the user how to install and configure the vCenter Orchestrator virtual appliance Open vSphere Web Client: Deploy vCenter Orchestrator virtual appliance OVA file: Verify vCenter Orchestrator virtual appliance boots successfully: Connect to the …
Teach the user how to use vSphere Update Manager to update the VMware Tools and virtual machine hardware version Open vSphere Client: Review manual processes for updating VMware Tools and virtual hardware versions: Create a new baseline group in vSp…
Suggested Courses

850 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question