Install vSphere Auto Deploy to provision and customize physical hosts by loading the ESXi image directly into memory. You can provision and reprovision hundreds of ESXi hosts efficiently with vCenter Server.

You must install the Auto Deploy feature separately for each instance of vCenter Server that you plan to use the feature with. Auto Deploy is not supported with vCenter Server versions earlier than version 5.0. Auto Deploy supports both IPv4 and IPv6.

Verify that you have administrator privileges

Verify that the host machine has Windows Installer 3.0 or later.

Verify that the host machine has a supported processor and operating system. Auto Deploy supports the same processors and operating systems as vCenter Server.

See vCenter Server Software Requirements and vCenter Server and vSphere Client Hardware Requirements.

Gather the following information to complete the installation:

The location to install Auto Deploy in, if you are not using the default location.

The location for the Auto Deploy repository. Do not use a network share for the repository.

(Optional) The maximum size for the Auto Deploy repository. Best practice is to allocate 2GB to have enough room for four image profiles and some extra space. Each image profile requires approximately 350MB. Determine how much space to reserve for the Auto Deploy repository by considering how many image profiles you expect to use. The specified disk must have at least that much free space.

The address and credentials of the vCenter Server that you are installing the Auto Deploy feature for: IP address or name, HTTP port, user name, and password.

The Auto Deploy server port, if you are not using the default setting.

The host name or IP address to identify Auto Deploy on the network.

1

In the software installer directory, double-click the autorun.exe file to start the installer.

2

Select VMware® Auto Deploy and click Install.

3

Follow the wizard prompts to complete the installation.