Start a VM

For VMs in a pool, you can choose where to start your VMs. This choice is subject to available resources on the selected host server. Your choice of server depends on how the VM and the pool are configured:

  • In a pool with Workload Balancing (WLB) enabled, recommendations are provided to help you choose the best possible physical server for the VM’s workload.
  • In a pool without Workload Balancing configured, you start the VM on any server in the pool (subject to available storage on that server). For more information, see Creating a new VM.

When the VM is up and running, its status indicator changes to the VM running icon in the Resources pane.

VM Running icon - a VM icon with a green play icon overlaid.

To start a VM on a specific server

  1. Select the VM in the Resources pane.
  2. Right-click and select Start on Server and then select the server you want on the shortcut menu. Alternatively, on the VM menu, select Start on Server and then select the server you want on the submenu.

To start the VM on the optimal or home server

Select the VM in the Resources pane and then select Start on the Toolbar.

Power On icon - a green circle with a power icon overlaid in white.

Alternatively, do one of the following:

  • Right-click in the Resources pane and select Start on the shortcut menu.
  • On the VM menu, select Start.

In a WLB-enabled pool, this action starts the VM on the optimal server.

In a pool without Workload Balancing configured, this action starts the VM on its home server. If no home server has been set, the VM starts on the first available server.