The vCenter Server Appliance includes an Auto Deploy server. You can also use the appliance with a standalone Auto Deploy server.

Deploy the vCenter Server Appliance.

Obtain the vCenter Server installation media, which include the Auto Deploy installer.

Verify that the Windows system that you want to use for Auto Deploy meets the requirements for vCenter Server installation. Auto Deploy has the same requirements.


On the vCenter Server Appliance, unregister the built-in Auto Deploy server from a Linux command prompt.

Auto Deploy status


Auto Deploy has never been started on the appliance

Run this command.

autodeploy-register --unregister -a localhost -l

Auto Deploy is running on the appliance

Stop Auto Deploy and unregister by running these commands.

service vmware-rdb-watchdog stop
chkconfig vmware-rdb-watchdog off
autodeploy-register --unregister -a localhost -l

By default, the Auto Deploy daemon is not running.


Using the vCenter Server installation media, install Auto Deploy on a Windows system and provide the vCenter Server Appliance information when prompted for the vCenter Server.

Your standalone Auto Deploy installation is now associated with the vCenter Server on the vCenter Server Appliance.