[pve-devel] [PATCH v3 pve-docs 2/4] fix #844: document first VM/CT start-up delay

Dylan Whyte d.whyte at proxmox.com
Wed Sep 1 16:16:13 CEST 2021

adds subsection to the "PVE Node Management" section, discussing the
initial VM/CT startup delay feature.

also makes reference to this in the Qemu & LXC sections of the

Signed-off-by: Dylan Whyte <d.whyte at proxmox.com>

changes from v1:
* Add section to PVE node management section and cross reference in
pct.adoc and qm.adoc.

changes from v2:
* Use title-capitalisation for heading

 pct.adoc     |  5 +++++
 pvenode.adoc | 18 ++++++++++++++++++
 qm.adoc      |  3 +++
 3 files changed, 26 insertions(+)

diff --git a/pct.adoc b/pct.adoc
index b88569f..c5ed243 100644
--- a/pct.adoc
+++ b/pct.adoc
@@ -433,6 +433,11 @@ always start after those where the parameter is set, and this parameter only
 makes sense between the machines running locally on a host, and not
+If you require a delay between the host boot and the booting of the first
+container, see the section on
+xref:first_guest_boot_delay[Proxmox VE Node Management].
diff --git a/pvenode.adoc b/pvenode.adoc
index bace13c..7986fa0 100644
--- a/pvenode.adoc
+++ b/pvenode.adoc
@@ -83,6 +83,24 @@ of `<node>` obtained from the `wakeonlan` property. The node specific
 pvenode config set -wakeonlan XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX
+First Guest Boot Delay
+In case your VMs/containers rely on slow-to-start external resources, for
+example an NFS server, you can also set a per-node delay between the time {pve}
+boots and the time the first VM/container that is configured to autostart boots
+(see xref:qm_startup_and_shutdown[Automatic Start and Shutdown of Virtual Machines]).
+You can achieve this by setting the following (where `10` represents the delay
+in seconds):
+pvenode config set --startall-onboot-delay 10
 // TODO: extend and improve chapter!
diff --git a/qm.adoc b/qm.adoc
index c291cb0..80734e3 100644
--- a/qm.adoc
+++ b/qm.adoc
@@ -923,6 +923,9 @@ start after those where the parameter is set. Further, this parameter can only
 be enforced between virtual machines running on the same host, not
+If you require a delay between the host boot and the booting of the first VM,
+see the section on xref:first_guest_boot_delay[Proxmox VE Node Management].
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