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Virtual Machines Do Not Shut Down Automatically When the Linux Host Shuts Down if Console on Host Is Connected (1706)

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My virtual machine is configured to shut down when the host operating system shuts down, but it gets powered off instead. Why is this not working as expected?

Solution

On a Linux host, a virtual machine powers off instead of shutting down when the following are all true:

  • A console on the GSX Server host is connected to a virtual machine running on the host.
  • The guest operating system is configured to shut down when the host shuts down.
  • The host shuts down.

This occurs only when a console on the host is connected to the virtual machine. The console application closes and powers off the virtual machine.

If a console on a remote client is connected to the virtual machine when the host shuts down, the guest operating system is allowed to shut down before the host.

To work around this issue, you should close any open console on the host before you shut down the host.

To verify that the guest operating system shuts down, connect to the virtual machine with a console on a remote client and watch the virtual machine shut down before the host shuts down.

The virtual machine should shut down. The next time the host starts, the virtual machine should power on automatically, if it is configured to do so.

Keywords

gsx320; autostop; autostart; 1706

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