Auto Deploy relies on a TFTP server for sending the boot image to the hosts it provisions. You must install a TFTP server in your environment.

This task only installs the TFTP server. You later download a configuration file to the server. See Configure the Auto Deploy and TFTP Environment.

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


Log in to the console of the Windows system on which vCenter Server is installed with administrator privileges, either directly or by using RDP.


Download and install the TFTP server software.

This sample setup uses the TFTP server from WinAgents. The TFTP server included with Windows 2008 is closely tied to Windows network deployment and not suitable for Auto Deploy.


Configure the TFTP root directory as D:\Drive or a similar location (for example, D:\TFTP_Root\).

Install and set up vSphere PowerCLI. You use PowerCLI cmdlets to write the rules that assign image profiles and host profiles to hosts. See Install and Set Up vSphere PowerCLI.