Product Documentation

Start a VM

Oct 09, 2015

For VMs in a pool, you can choose where to start your VMs, 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. For more information, see Choosing an Optimal Server for VM Initial Placement, Migrate, and Resume.
  • In a pool without Workload Balancing configured, you can choose to start the VM on its Home Server or any other server in the pool (subject to available storage on that server). See Creating a new VM to find out more about home servers.

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

To start a VM on a specific server

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

Alternatively, do one of the following:

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

In a WLB-enabled pool, this will start the VM on the optimal server.

In a pool without Workload Balancing configured, this will start the VM on its Home Server, or on the first available server, if no Home Server has been set.