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VM on ESX suspending

Environ:  ESXi 6.0 running in a single host.  Three VMs.  One is Server 2016 and the other two are Win10 LTSB for a total of three VMs.

One of the VMs keeps suspending.  It's one of the two Win10 LTSB VMs.  The server one is fine.

Resources on the host are not constrained.

Power mgt on both host and VMs is set to max performance.

I can't find where this one VM is suspending and how to fix it.

Places I can look?  Ideas?  Suggestions?


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Murali Sripada

8/22/2022 - Mon

Look in the main Windows 10 power management screen. Set to balanced or like. Make sure it has not been set for Airplane Mode

You think it's in the VM?  I thought about that, but it's spun up from a template.  I'll check it all the same.

It is a Windows 10 VM and Windows 10 has Control Panel Windows Power Management which you checked and the main power plans Window.  So yes, check this to ensure proper settings.
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Yeah, it was on balanced, like it's twin, the other Win 10.

Just check in the Balanced Plan the Suspend Settings (default Balanced will suspend the machine).

I set it to high performance.  Again, it's set just like it's twin, that ins't sleeping, but I went high performance just for kicks and grins.
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There are only two places

Windows Power Management (A control panel-like Window)  and the Power Plans as we have discussed. Check all the settings and compare both machines

I'll go over it all again.  Look number 4.

I thought about that, but it's spun up from a template

Make a third one from the template, no changes and see what it does.
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A VM which is suspending on ESXi is caused by the Power Management in the OS.

Common issue in ESXi with Windows 7, 8 and 10.

Disable All Power Management [SLEEP and HIBERNATION] it's of no use in a virtual environment.

Follow this URL, if you do not know what settings to change


(also disable Hibernation as well!)
Murali Sripada

Check guest os windows 10 Power setting to not sleep
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