VirtualBox

Ticket #3500 (new enhancement)

Opened 5 years ago

Last modified 4 months ago

Auto startup and shutdown for VMs

Reported by: mark_orion Owned by:
Priority: trivial Component: VM control
Version: VirtualBox 2.1.4 Keywords: automatic startup shutdown
Cc: Guest type: other
Host type: Linux

Description

It would be good to have an option to allow (headless ?) VMs to be started automatically on host boot and gracefully shut down when the host shuts down. I know that scripts exist, but configuring this in an easy and uncomplicated way via the GUI would be a great enhancement.

Change History

comment:1 Changed 3 years ago by Ju52

I really want to endorse this feature request! Using GPO-triggered shutdown-scripts on a Windows host doesn't help, because the VBox-GUI is shown *before* these shutdown-scripts are run - pausing the hosts shutdown process waiting for user interaction.

I suggest to implement the following options in the virtual machine's properties:

1) Start machine with host (yes/no)

2) Delay after host starts (seconds)

3) Shutdown with host (yes/no)

4) Primary shutdown action (savestate/acpipowerbutton/poweroff/show GUI)

5) Allowed time for step 4 / shutdown (seconds)

6) Secondary shutdown action (if primary shutdown action fails) (poweroff/show GUI and wait for user interaction)

7) Allowed time for user interaction when showing GUI in step 6 [when there is no user reaction within this deadline: poweroff / forced shutdown is initiated]

1)+ 2) could be done by a startup-script of course. So these two are just "nice-to-have".

comment:2 Changed 4 months ago by ionelmc

Any changes on this? At least some formal response like "we don't want to implement this any time soon" ?

comment:3 Changed 4 months ago by frank

Read the user manual. As of VirtualBox 4.2.0 there is basic support for VM autostart/stop on certain hosts. We are working on extending the support to all hosts (i.e. there is currently no support for Windows hosts) with a low priority. There might be also GUI support eventually but currently we are not working on this.

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