Posted by Kyle Gleed, Sr. Technical Marketing Architect, VMware

Good news!  The Auto Start bug introduced with 5.0 Update 1, which broke the VM Auto Start feature on the free version of ESXi, has finally been resolved.  VMware released the ESXi patch "ESXi500-201207001" on July 12, 2012 which includes the fix. 

Installing the patch does require a reboot of the host so be sure to coordinate the downtime. 

You can download the patch from here: 
You can review the bulletins and image profiles included with the patch from here:

For help installing the patch check out this blog on ESXi Patches.

Happy Auto Starting 🙂


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Kyle Gleed

Kyle Gleed is a Group Manager within VMware’s Integrated Systems Business Unit (ISBU) where he leads a team focused on the adoption and deployment of the solutions and capabilities of the Software-Defined Data Center. Follow Kyle on twitter @Kyle_Gleed