In an application with multiple VMs, you can configure the VMs to start and stop in stages rather than all at once. Each stage can include multiple VMs.
To start/stop VMs in stages:
1 In the Settings tab, under Start/Stop Stages, click See Full List.
The Settings > Startup and Shutdown Stages page is displayed.
An unstaged VM is a VM that has not been assigned to a stage. The number of unstaged VMs is listed together with the number of stages defined for the application.
2 To create a stage:
- Click + Create Stage.
- In the New Stage dialog box, enter the name of the stage and specify the number of minutes to wait after starting this stage before starting VMs in the next stage.
- Click Create.
- Repeat to create additional stages, as required.
The stages are listed in the table. The following example shows that 2 stages have been defined for this application, with a 10 minute delay configured between the first stage and the next stage. No VMs have been assigned to either stage. The application has three unstaged VMs.
3 To assign a VM to a stage:
- Click Unstaged VMs Pool to view the list of VMs not yet assigned to a stage.
- Select the VM, then select the stage you want to assign it to from the Move to > dropdown menu.
- Repeat for additional VMs as required. (Each VM can be assigned to only one stage.)
4 In the Shutdown area (at the bottom of the page), select one of these options to define the shutdown order:
- All at Once, regardless of stages.
- Reverse Startup Order, the first stage started is the last stage shut down.
5 Click Save.