Posted on 2014-07-31
We are running vCenter 5.1 with 3 ESXi hosts. We have about 50 VMs spread across the 3 hosts. We experienced a power loss, and all hosts went offline. Once the power cam back, all hosts came back online. Our environment has dependencies betweeen VMs. For example, the domain controllers need to come online first, then Exchange and so on.
I know I can configure Automatic startup/shutdown of VMs, but how do I make this setting global across all hosts in a datacenter? Time to time, we vMotion VMs across hosts to distribute resources evenly (we don't use DRS). Is there a way to tell vSphere to start VMs in a global order regardless of which host they are on?