[Users] Agents for Windows

Itamar Heim iheim at redhat.com
Wed Dec 18 09:23:22 UTC 2013

On 12/10/2013 11:57 AM, Blaster wrote:
> This setting is a PER GUEST setting, not system wide.  On guests you
> reboot frequently, don't set anything.  On guests you need to change
> boot options frequently, change it to what you want.
> We have about 6000 guests on ESXi, have not had any issues working this
> way.  On production VMs that get built once and never touched for years,
> don't change anything.  On dev VMs that get rebuilt frequently, we add a
> delay.
> On 12/10/2013 9:03 AM, Anders Hellquist wrote:
>> Just wanted to share my view.
>> Have been working with vmware vsphere for a number of years and when
>> dealing with a few hundreds of vm's, setting a boot delay on each is
>> not a good way to handle this issue IMHO. Besides, this setting
>> affects all sysadminsand might not be what everyone wishes. I think
>> the runonce function is great and do not want that removed.
>> Regards, Anders
>> On Dec 10, 2013 2:54 AM, "Blaster" <blaster at 556nato.com
>> <mailto:blaster at 556nato.com>> wrote:
>>     On Dec 9, 2013, at 1:10 PM, Bob Doolittle <bob at doolittle.us.com
>>     <mailto:bob at doolittle.us.com>> wrote:
>>     > I'll disagree a tiny bit here. One *really annoying* quality of
>>     needing to use F2/F8/F12 during Windows bootup in a VM (including
>>     ESX/vSphere) is that sometimes it can be impossible to be quick
>>     enough on the keyboard to get attention before the OS bootup has
>>     begun. By the time you can get a console focus it's too late. That
>>     can be enormously frustrating, and Run Once does help with that.
>>     On ESXi
>>     Guest menu -> edit settings -> Options -> boot options -> boot
>>     delay.  I set all mine to 10,000ms.  Delays guest startup by 10
>>     seconds each time you boot, but it’s plenty of time to get the
>>     console up (if you need to) and get press F? to get where you want
>>     to be.
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were RFEs opened for:
- allowing to enable boot menu
- orchestrating a disk reboot post a pxe boot via detection of reboot

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