Before you can work with software depots and customize image profiles, you must add one or more software depots to the vSphere ESXi Image Builder inventory. You can add a software depot by using the vSphere Web Client.

Verify that the vSphere ESXi Image Builder service is enabled and running. See Configure the vSphere ESXi Image Builder Service Startup Type.

1

On the vSphere Web Client Home page, click Auto Deploy.

By default, only the Administrator role has privileges to use the vSphere ESXi Image Builder service.

2

On the Software Depots tab, click the Add Software Depot icon.

3

Select the type of depot that you want to create.

Option

Action

Online Depot

a

Enter the name of the depot in the inventory.

b

Enter the URL of the online depot.

Custom Depot

Enter the name of the depot in the inventory.

4

Click OK.

You can associate an image profile with a new vSphere Auto Deploy rule to provision ESXi hosts. See Create a Deploy Rule or Clone a Deploy Rule.

You can associate an image profile with an ESXi host. See Add a Host to the vSphere Auto Deploy Inventory.

Edit the Image Profile Association of a Host.