In some situations, it is useful to provision hosts with Auto Deploy and to perform all subsequent boots from disk. This approach is called Stateful Installs.

Decide which disk to use for storing the image, and determine whether the new image will overwrite an existing VMFS partition.

1

Set up your environment for Auto Deploy and install PowerCLI.

See Preparing for vSphere Auto Deploy.

2

Verify that a disk with at least 1GB of free space is available.

If the disk is not partitioned, partitioning happens when you apply the host profile.

3

Set up the host to boot from disk.

See your hardware vendor's documentation.