You can provision the first host and check its location on the vCenter Server to complete verification of the image provisioning of your setup.

Make sure your system meets the requirements in the preinstallation checklist. See Proof of Concept Preinstallation Checklist.

Perform all preceding proof of concept setup tasks. See Auto Deploy Proof of Concept Setup for the complete list.


Open a console session to the physical host you want to use as the first ESXi target host, boot the host, and look for messages that indicate a successful gPXE boot.

During the boot process, DHCP assigns an IP address to the host. The IP address matches a name you specified earlier in the DNS server. The host contacts the Auto Deploy server and downloads the ESXi binaries from the HTTP URL indicated in the gPXE tramp file that you downloaded into the TFTP_Root directory earlier. Each instance of Auto Deploy produces a custom set of files for the TFTP Server.


Open the vSphere Client and connect to the vCenter Server system.

In this proof of concept setup, the vCenter Server system is localhost.


Click Hosts and Clusters.


Check that the newly provisioned host is now in the vCenter Server inventory at the datacenter level.

By default, Auto Deploy adds hosts at the datacenter level when the boot process completes.

If you encounter problems, see Troubleshooting Auto Deploy.

Configure the first host for use as a reference host and save its host profile for use with other hosts. See Configure the Proof of Concept Reference Host.