The DHCP Server in your proof of concept environment must be set up to serve each target host with an iPXE binary.

The proof of concept environment uses Active Directory with DNS and DHCP.

The proof of concept illustrates how to use DHCP reservations. Setting up fixed IP addresses for each host is time consuming and not recommended.

Make sure your system meets the requirements in the preinstallation checklist. See Proof of Concept Preinstallation Checklist.

Perform all preceding proof of concept setup tasks. See Auto Deploy Proof of Concept Setup for the complete list.

1

Log in to your DHCP Server as an administrator user.

2

Create a DHCP scope for your IP address range.

a

Click Start > Settings > Control Panel > Administrative Tools and click DHCP.

b

Navigate to DHCP > hostname > IPv4.

c

Right-click IPv4 and select New Scope.

d

On the Welcome screen, click Next, and specify a name and description for the scope.

e

Specify an IP address range and click Next.

f

Click Next until you reach the Configure DHCP Options screen and select No, I will configure this option later.

3

If you are planning on using DHCP reservations, create a DHCP reservation for each target ESXi host.

a

In the DHCP window, navigate to DHCP > hostname > IPv4 > Autodeploy Scope > Reservations.

b

Right-click Reservations and select New Reservation.

c

In the New Reservation window, specify a name, IP address, and the MAC address for one of the hosts. Do not include the colon (:) in the MAC address.

Information about IP reservations and the MAC address.

d

Repeat the process for each of the other hosts.

4

Set up the DHCP Server to point the hosts to the TFTP Server.

The precise process depends on the DHCP Server you are using. This example uses the DHCP server included with Windows 2008.

a

In the DHCP window, navigate to DHCP > hostname > IPv4 > Autodeploy Scope > Scope Options.

b

Right click Scope Options and choose Configure Options.

c

In the Scope Options window, click the General tab.

d

Click 066 Boot Server Host Name and enter the address of the TFTP server that you installed in the String value field below the Available Options.

The 066 Boot Server Host Name and 067 Bootfile Name check boxes are selected. The file name has been entered in the String value field.

e

Click 067 Bootfile Name and enter undionly.kpxe.vmw-hardwired.

The undionly.kpxe.vmw-hardwired iPXE binary will be used to boot the ESXi hosts.

f

Click Apply and click OK to close the window.

5

In the DHCP window, right-click DHCP > hostname > IPv4 > Scope > Activate and click Activate.

6

Do not log out from the DHCP Server if you are using Active Directory for DHCP and DNS, or log out otherwise.

Prepare the DNS Server. See Prepare the DNS Server.