I wanted a VM to start up every time I booted up my machine instead of waiting for me to start the machine manually. To do this I created a vbscript and added it to my Scheduled Tasks to run on startup:
strMyCommand = """C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\VBoxHeadless.exe"" -startvm myservervm" exec strMyCommand, 0, 0 function exec (tmpprogramme,intWindowStyle, boolWaitforFinish ) Set WshShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell") WSHShell.Run tmpprogramme, intWindowStyle, boolWaitforFinish end function
Copy and paste the text into a vbs file and save it.
The command launches the command vboxheadless -startvm myservervm to boot the VM without showing it on the desktop taskbar. To stop the server load the Virtualbox Manager and shutdown/suspend/save it. Then you can start it using the Manager software if you wish as normal.