Powershell to start and shutdown hosts in specific order with pause in between RRS feed

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  • I apoligze in advance that I do not know powershell that well yet. However I am looking for a script that will shutdown a set of Hyper-V VMs in a certain order and another one that will start them in a certain order. I would like a pause in between each one that waits for 2 minutes before starting the next one. I have tried to write the script but I cant seem to get it working so Im posting here. :) Is it possible to have the hosts in two seperate files hypervstart and hypervstop. They are shutdown in a different order than they are started in.



    Tuesday, December 6, 2011 9:32 PM


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    Tuesday, December 6, 2011 9:33 PM
  • Hi,

    If you have Virtual machine Manager in your environment you can use Start-VM and Shutdown-VM cmdlets from VirtualMachineManager Snap-in. Otherwise you can use this library: http://pshyperv.codeplex.com/.


    Tuesday, December 6, 2011 11:06 PM
  • I do this to start VM's, but it does not do them in order - you should be able to modify ths to your specifications easily with a call to Get-Content

     $vms = Get-WmiObject -Namespace root\virtualization  -Query "Select * From Msvm_VirtualSystemSettingData Where notes='autostart'"
    foreach ($vmname in $vms)
     $vm = get-wmiobject -namespace root\virtualization -class Msvm_ComputerSystem -filter " ElementName = `'$($vmname.ElementName)`'"
     if ($vm.enabledstate -ne 2)
      Start-Sleep 60


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    Tuesday, December 6, 2011 11:07 PM
  • Get-Content VMstart.txt | %{Start-VM $_; Start-Sleep -Seconds 120}
    Get-Content VMstop.txt | %{Stop-VM $_; Start-Sleep -Seconds 120}

    Here are two one-liners that will do what you are looking for.  Put the list of VMs that you want to start/stop in the order that you want them started or stopped in the appropriate file.
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    Wednesday, December 7, 2011 12:29 AM