HOWTO: Stop VMs from locking when idle

Tell me if you’ve heard this one before.  You build a bunch of new VMs for your lab environment.  You have them all running but every time you switch back to a VM you find that it’s always locked and you  have to press Control-Alt-Delete and enter your password.  In a production environment, this is a great behavior but in a home lab it is maddening.  I finally sat down to try and fix this and it turns out it seems pretty simple.  Simply add the following two lines to your deployment script:

powercfg -change -monitor-timeout-ac 0
powercfg -change -standby-timeout-ac 0

What these commands do is change the following two properties (Turn off the display and Put the computer to sleep) for the currently active PowerPlan and sets them to Never.


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