Start VM on Connect

Start VM on Connect

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.

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To configure Start VM on Connect:

  1. At the Account level, locate the host pool you wish to work with.

  2. From the action menu, select PropertiesAVD.

  3. Select the Start VM on connect option.

  4. Select Save or Save & close.

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. A reminder is shown to ensure that you have enabled the Start VM on connect property for the host pool.

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