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I have a Windows server that runs in a virtual machine on Linux Mint. I have a command in the "start up apps" to start it when I log in, but I'd like it to start when Linux starts, before anyone logs in.

How can I do this?

thanks

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You can place the command to start the virtual machine in /etc/rc.local before the exit line. This will run the command after booting the machine without need of a user to log in.

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Well, this doesn't work, for some reason. I can run service rc.local start and it will run as expected... but it doesn't work on startup. I can confirm that rc.local is running at startup, just not my VBoxManage command. – aserwin Apr 23 '13 at 20:42
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Probably you only need to add a small delay to the script to let everything running before starting the VM. I think 30 sec to 1 min should be sufficient (sleep 60 for example) – laurent Apr 23 '13 at 20:53

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