In many production situations, a highly available Auto Deploy infrastructure is required to prevent data loss. Such an infrastructure is also a prerequisite for using Auto Deploy with stateless caching.

For the management cluster, install ESXi on three hosts. Do not provision the management cluster hosts with Auto Deploy.

1

Enable vSphere HA and vSphere DRS on the management cluster.

2

Set up the following virtual machines on the management cluster.

Infrastructure component

Description

PXE boot infrastructure

TFTP and DHCP servers.

Infrastructure VM

Active Directory, DNS, vCenter Server.

Auto Deploy environment

PowerCLI, Auto Deploy server, vCenter Server. Set up this environment on a single virtual machine or on three separate virtual machines in production systems.

The vCenter Server on the infrastructure virtual machine differs from the vCenter Server in the Auto Deploy environment.

3

Set up Auto Deploy to provision other hosts as needed.

Because the components on the management cluster are protected with vSphere HA, high availability is supported.

Highly Available Auto Deploy Infrastructure
A management cluster that is protected by vSphere HA and vSphere DRS makes the Auto Deploy infrastructure highly available.