vSphere allows you to configure a reference host by using the vSphere Client, by using vCLI, or by using host profiles.

To set up a host profile, you can use the approach that suits you best.

vSphere Client

The vSphere Client supports setup of networking, storage, security, and most other aspects of an ESXi host. You can completely set up your environment and export the host profile for use by Auto Deploy.

vSphere Command-Line Interface

You can use vCLI commands for setup of many aspects of your host. vCLI is especially suitable for configuring some of the services in the vSphere environment. Commands include vicfg-ntp (set up an NTP server), esxcli system syslog (set up a syslog server), and vicfg-route (set up the default route). See Configure ESXi Dump Collector with ESXCLI.

Host Profiles Interface

You can either set up a host with vSphere Client or vCLI and save the host profile for that host, or you can configure the host profiles directly with the Host Profiles interface in the vSphere Client. See Configure Host Profiles for an Auto Deploy Reference Host.