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VM Auto Start fails when server comes back online.

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Do you have issues with VM Auto Start on ESXi5.0?

Make sure configuration is fine before proceed with the fix:

1-In the vSphere Web Client, navigate to the host where the virtual machine is located.

2- Select Manage > Settings.

3- Under Virtual Machines, select VM Startup/Shutdown and click Edit.

The Edit VM Startup and Shutdown dialog box opens.

4- Select Allow virtual machines to start and stop automatically with the system.

5- (Optional) In the Default VM Settings pane, configure the default startup and shutdown behavior for all virtual machines on the host.

 

Workaround and fix

-VMware released the ESXi patch "ESXi500-201207001" on July 12, 2012 which includes the fix.

VMware patch release: ""ESXi500-201207001"

Link= http://www.vmware.com/patchmgr/findPatch.portal 

Note= Installing the patch does require a reboot of the host so be sure to coordinate the downtime.  
Patch Installation:

Link=  https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2008939 

Steps:

1-Do a graceful shutdown on the VMs
2-Set the host in maintenance mode
3-Upload the patch on the datastore
4-Install the ESXi patch.
5-Access the host through CLI

6-esxcli software vib install -d "/vmfs/volumes/datastore/<Patch Name>

7-Once the install completes reboot the host.

I hope this can be helpful  to you. Thanks for checking.

 

Regards,

Gerson Fabian Morales Marin (gersomor)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nice DOC[+5]

regds,

aman