You can set up networking for your vSphere Auto Deploy reference host and apply the host profile to all other hosts to guarantee a fully functional networking environment.

Provision the host you want to use as your reference host with an ESXi image by using vSphere Auto Deploy.

1

In the vSphere Web Client navigator, browse to the host that you want to use as a reference host.

2

Select the Manage tab and select Networking.

3

Perform the networking setup.

If you are using virtual switches and not vSphere Distributed Switch, do not add other VMkernel NICs to vSwitch0.

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After the reference host is configured, reboot the system to verify that vmk0 is connected to the Management Network.

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If no host profile exists for your reference host, create a host profile.

Create a rule that applies the host profile to all hosts that you want to provision with the settings specified in the reference host. For writing a rule in a PowerCLI session, see Write a Rule and Assign a Host Profile to Hosts. To create a rule with the vSphere Web Client, see Create a Deploy Rule.

For hosts that are already provisioned with vSphere Auto Deploy, perform the test and repair compliance operations in a PowerCLI session, see Test and Repair Rule Compliance. Alternatively, remediate the hosts with the vSphere Web Client, see Remediate a Non-compliant Host.

Power on unprovisioned hosts to provision them with the new host profile.