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VMware vSphere 5.5 Cookbook by Abhilash G B

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Chapter 5. Using vSphere Auto Deploy

In this chapter, we will cover the following recipes:

  • Installing an Auto Deploy server
  • Configuring a TFTP server with Auto Deploy files
  • Configuring the DHCP server for PXE boot
  • Testing the PXE boot configuration
  • Preparing VMware PowerCLI for first use
  • Preparing vSphere Auto Deploy for provisioning
  • Choosing an ESXi Image Profile to deploy
  • Creating a Host Profile
  • Creating a deploy rule
  • Activating a deploy rule
  • Testing Auto Deploy
  • Enabling Stateless Caching
  • Performing an Auto Deploy stateful install

Introduction

In a large environment, deploying and upgrading ESXi hosts is an activity that requires a lot of planning and manual work. For instance, if you were to deploy a set of 50 ESXi hosts in an environment, then you might ...

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