Before you provision ESXi hosts with vSphere Auto Deploy, you must create rules that assign image profiles, host profiles, and host locations to the hosts. An ESXi host can match more than one vSphere Auto Deploy rule criteria, when this is the case, the rule order is considered.

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

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 create a new vSphere Auto Deploy rule by using the New Deploy Rule wizard.

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When you start the New Deploy Rule wizard, you must first enter a rule name and select a pattern to apply the rule to some or all hosts in the inventory.

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In the New Deploy Rule wizard, you can optionally assign an image profile to the hosts that match the rule criteria.

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In the New Deploy Rule wizard, you can optionally assign a host profile to the hosts that match the rule criteria.

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In the New Deploy Rule wizard, you can optionally add the hosts that match the criteria of the rule to a specific location.

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In the New Deploy Rule wizard,, you can review the settings of the new 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.

View the image profile, host profile, and location associations of a host. See View Host Associations.

Remediate non-compliant hosts. See Remediate a Non-compliant Host.

Change the image profile association of a host. See Edit the Image Profile Association of a Host.