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Start VM on connect

Applies to: Nerdio Manager for MSP v2.2+

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Start VM on connect is a property of Host Pools that allows a session host to be powered on when a user connects and the session host is not running. This property is available for pooled and personal desktops. This is a major cost-saving feature. It allows you to setup an auto-scale configuration where the host pool size can be brought down to zero hosts (all session hosts are powered off) when not in use.

The setting is available by navigating to the Properties pop-up of a host pool from the action menu for the host pool.


Simply check the box "Start VM on connect" to enable the property. Nerdio Manager will handle all backend functionality, including creating a custom role, and make appropriate API calls to enable the behavior for the host pool.

The Start VM on connect feature is generally used in conjunction with dynamic host pools where the min active host pool capacity is set to zero. You will be shown a reminder to make sure you have enabled the Start VM on connect property for the host pool.


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