The vSphere host profiles feature reduces the manual steps that are involved in configuring a host and can help maintain consistency and correctness across the datacenter. This can be particularly helpful when ensuring identical security settings across multiple hosts.

Host profiles simplify host configuration management through user-defined configuration policies. The host profile policies capture the blueprint of a known, validated host configuration, and use this configuration to configure networking, storage, security, and other settings across multiple hosts. For example, you can create a host profile to enable you to specify how a host joins a directory service domain.

When you use a directory service such as Active Directory to authenticate users, you can create a host profile that enables you to apply directory service settings to many hosts at the same time. For example, you can specify that the hosts to which the profile applies use vSphere Authentication Proxy to add the host to a domain.


Hosts must be in maintenance mode before you apply a host profile.