There are various ways to start virtual machines at at boot time. This means you don’t have to type virsh start vmName command. This can be done by marking a vm as autostart. To configure a domain to be automatically started at boot. It will create an softlink at /etc/libvirt/qemu/autostart/. So if your VM name is mailserver1, your config file name should be /etc/libvirt/qemu/mailserver1.xml and the softlink should be created at /etc/libvirt/qemu/autostart/mailserver1.xml


KVM: Autostart a Domain / VM Command

Type the following command:

virsh autostart vmName
virsh autostart mailserver1

Sample outputs:

Domain mailserver1 marked as autostarted

Also, make sure /etc/init.d/libvirtd service is stared on boot:
chkconfig libvirtd on
systemctl enable libvirtd

How do I disable autostarting a domain/VMs

The syntax is:
virsh autostart VMNameHere --disable
To disable auto starting freebsd vm, enter:
virsh autostart freebsd --disable
Sample outputs:

Domain freebsd unmarked as autostarted
KVM: Start a Virtual Machine / Guest At Boot Time
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