How to Setup Auto-Start Virtual Machines in XenServer 6.x

In XenServer versions 6.x, the direct GUI ability to auto-start a Virtual Machine on the startup of XenServer was removed. This tutorial guide on How to Setup Auto-Start Virtual Machines in XenServer 6.x.

Setting the XenServer to allow Auto-Start

  • Gather the UUID’s of the pools you wish to auto-start.
  • To get the list of the pool’s on your XenServer type
    xe pool-list
  • Copy the UUID of the pool. If you have just one server, it will still have a pool UUID as noted in the following screenshot:

  • Then type the following command to set the pool or server to allow auto-start: 
    xe pool-param-set uuid=UUID other-config:auto_poweron=true


    Note
    : *Replacing UUID with the UUID of the XenServer or pool.*

Setting the Virtual Machines to Auto-Start

  • Gather the UUID’s of the Virtual Machine you want to auto-start by typing: 
    xe vm-list


    Note
    : This generates a list of Virtual Machines in your pool or server and their associated UUID’s.

  • Copy the UUID of the Virtual Machines you want to auto-start, and type the following command for each Virtual Machine to auto-start: 
    xe vm-param-set uuid=UUID other-config:auto_poweron=true


    Note
    : *Replace UUID with the UUID of the Virtual Machine to auto-start.*

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