A reference host is prepared so that its configuration can be extracted and saved to a Host Profile, which becomes the golden image. It is important that you take extra care in configuring the reference host since this configuration will be applied to the rest of the hosts in the cluster/environment. The following flow chart provides an overview of the procedure:
We need an ESXi host that is managed by the vCenter. This could be a newly installed ESXi or an existing ESXi host.
The following procedure will help you prepare a reference host for generating a Host Profile: