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  • Boot Windows at the server itself (VMware ESXi 4.0)

    Can I ask somebody help me to solve my problems?

    I'm using VSphere Client to connect server (VMware ESXi 4.0) to start my Virtual Machine (VM).

    How can I start my VM with Windows automatically at the server itself?
    This is because I don't want to use my laptop/desktop to connect/control my server to start VM.

    I'm using VMware ESXi 4.0 free version which is not allow to create cluster and some options are different with commerce version.

    I had read the configuration guideline but it is for commerce version.

    Any installation/configuration/user guideline recommend for me.
    Please help me to solve my problems.

    Thank you.

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    Re: Boot Windows at the server itself (VMware ESXi 4.0)

    On the ESXi host you can set the machine to autostart as per the screenshot below


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    • #3
      Re: Boot Windows at the server itself (VMware ESXi 4.0)

      Originally posted by Maish View Post
      On the ESXi host you can set the machine to autostart as per the screenshot below


      I had try it before. But it can't boot at the server. The VM is started when I connect server by using VSphere Client.

      joeqwerty as Senior Member MVM in this forum told me that,
      "No. The only way to boot the virtual servers is to use the VI client. You cannot boot the virtual servers from the physical server itself.
      Once the virtual servers are booted and running, you can connect to them via RDP, SSH, etc. depending on what OS they are running."

      Is it really no way to boot my VM at the server itself?

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      • #4
        Re: Boot Windows at the server itself (VMware ESXi 4.0)

        I means I don't want use any laptop/desktop to connect the server.
        I just want use my server to start VM at the server itself without any other laptop/desktop.

        erm... I'm feel failure in this problems few weeks ago.

        Thank you.

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        • #5
          Re: Boot Windows at the server itself (VMware ESXi 4.0)

          Maybe I'm not understanding your question. Are you saying that you want to sit down in front of the physical host server and open up some console\interface\command shell and manually start your virtual guests? If so, then there isn't any way to do it as far as i know in ESXi.

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          • #6
            Re: Boot Windows at the server itself (VMware ESXi 4.0)

            Originally posted by joeqwerty View Post
            Maybe I'm not understanding your question. Are you saying that you want to sit down in front of the physical host server and open up some console\interface\command shell and manually start your virtual guests? If so, then there isn't any way to do it as far as i know in ESXi.
            Yes, you are understand my question and problem.
            I want sit down in front of the physical server and start my guest operation system at the server itself without any other laptop/desktop.

            So this is the limitation of the VMware ESXi 4.0?
            Any other server software can do so (start VM at the server itself)?

            Thank you.

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            • #7
              Re: Boot Windows at the server itself (VMware ESXi 4.0)

              Dear jeoqwerty, can you give me some user manual?
              I has read the installation guideline. It didn't help me how to use VMware ESXi 4.0. Or you can give me so hints.
              I'm newbie in this at all.
              Thank you.

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              • #8
                Re: Boot Windows at the server itself (VMware ESXi 4.0)

                If you want to start the vm's from the console (which is not supported by VMware at all)

                vim-cmd vmsvc/getallvms - will list all vm's
                vim-cmd vmsvc/power.on id - where id from the output of th previous command
                Maish
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                Technodrone|@maishsk|Author of VMware vSphere Design
                VMware vExpert 2013-2010,VCAP5-DCA/DCD,VCP
                MSCA 2000/2003, MCSE 2000/2003
                A proud husband and father of 3 girls
                ----------------------------------------------------------
                If you find the information useful please don't forget to give reputation points sigpic.

                Have a good one!!

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                • #9
                  Re: Boot Windows at the server itself (VMware ESXi 4.0)

                  Originally posted by Maish View Post
                  If you want to start the vm's from the console (which is not supported by VMware at all)

                  vim-cmd vmsvc/getallvms - will list all vm's
                  vim-cmd vmsvc/power.on id - where id from the output of th previous command
                  My apologies to everyone. I was mistakenly trying to use the vmware-cmd command and was finding that it didn't exist on ESXi. Wrong platform, D'OH!

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                  • #10
                    Re: Boot Windows at the server itself (VMware ESXi 4.0)

                    I tried the command already, it work.
                    But I hope that I can display and use windows at the server.

                    Am I able to do so?

                    Thank you.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Boot Windows at the server itself (VMware ESXi 4.0)

                      Nope, you can't use Windows on the server (physical box) itself. You have to use RDP or the correct interface.
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