You can use a vSphere Auto Deploy rule as a template and modify only parts of the rule instead of creating a new one.

Prepare your system and install the Auto Deploy Server. For more information, see Prepare Your System for vSphere Auto Deploy.

Create a vSphere Auto Deploy rule. See Create a Deploy Rule.

If you want to include an image profile to the rule, verify that the software depot you need is added to the inventory. See Add a Software Depot or Import a Software Depot.

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You can clone an existing vSphere Auto Deploy rule by using the Clone Deploy Rule wizard.

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When you start the Clone Deploy Rule wizard to clone a vSphere Auto Deploy rule, you must first choose whether to keep the default name of the cloned rule and whether to change the matching criteria of the rule.

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In the Clone Deploy Rule wizard, you can optionally assign an image profile to the hosts that match the rule criteria or keep the same image profile that the cloned rule uses.

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In the Clone Deploy Rule wizard, you can optionally assign a host profile to the hosts that match the rule criteria or keep the same host profile used in the cloned rule.

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In the Clone Deploy Rule wizard, you can optionally add the hosts that match the criteria of the rule to a specific location or keep the location that the cloned rule uses.

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You can review the settings of the cloned vSphere Auto Deploy rule before completing the wizard.

Activate a vSphere Auto Deploy rule. See Activate, Deactivate, and Reorder Deploy Rules.

Edit a vSphere Auto Deploy rule. See Editing a Deploy Rule.