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KVM: Start a Virtual Machine / Guest At Boot Time

September 8, 2019

There are various ways to start virtual machines at at boot time. This means you don’t have to type virsh start vmName command. This can be done by marking a vm as autostart. To configure a domain to be automatically started at boot. It will create an softlink at /etc/libvirt/qemu/autostart/. So if your VM name is debianlenny1, your config file name should be /etc/libvirt/qemu/debianlenny1.xml and the softlink should be created at /etc/libvirt/qemu/autostart//debianlenny1.xml

KVM: Autostart a Domain / VM Command

Type the following command:

virsh autostart vmName
virsh autostart debianlenny1

Sample outputs:

Domain debianlenny1 marked as autostarted

Also, make sure /etc/init.d/libvirtd service is stared on boot:
chkconfig libvirtd on
OR
systemctl enable libvirtd

How do I disable autostarting a domain/VMs

The syntax is:
virsh autostart VMNameHere --disable
To disable auto starting freebsd vm, enter:
virsh autostart freebsd --disable
Sample outputs:

Domain freebsd unmarked as autostarted
This entry is 11 of 14 in the CentOS / Redhat (RHEL) KVM Virtulization series. Keep reading the rest of the series:

  1. CentOS / Redhat: Install KVM Virtualization Software
  2. CentOS / Redhat: KVM Bridged Network Configuration
  3. KVM virt-manager: Install CentOS As Guest Operating System
  4. KVM virt-install: Install FreeBSD / CentOS As Guest Operating System
  5. KVM: Install CentOS / RHEL Using Kickstart File (Automated Installation)
  6. Troubleshooting KVM Virtualization Problem With Log Files
  7. KVM Virsh: Redirect FreeBSD Console To A Serial Port
  8. KVM: Starting / Stopping Guest Operating Systems With virsh Command
  9. Linux KVM: Disable virbr0 NAT Interface
  10. FreeBSD / OpeBSD Running in KVM Does Not Accept FTP Traffic
  11. KVM: Start a Virtual Machine / Guest At Boot Time
  12. KVM virt-install: Install OpenBSD As Guest Operating System
  13. Linux KVM: OpenBSD Guest Hangs At Starting tty Flags
  14. KVM Virtualization: Start VNC Remote Access For Guest Operating Systems

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