You use host profiles to help vSphere Auto Deploy provision physical ESXi hosts with configuration state information (virtual switches, driver settings, boot parameters, and so on).

You cannot store configuration state information directly on a host provisioned with Auto Deploy. Instead, you can create a reference host and configure it with the settings you want. You can create a host profile using this reference host. Auto Deploy can remediate the host profile to these hosts so that they are configured with these settings, or you can remediate the host profile using the client.

To remediate a host profile to a host, you must place the host into maintenance mode. The user is prompted to customize the hosts and enter answers for policies that are specified during host profile creation when the host profile is applied.


If you deploy ESXi through host profiles, configure syslog to store logs on a remote server. See the instructions to set up Syslog from the host profiles interface in the vSphere Installation and Setup documentation.

For more information, see about setting up an Auto Deploy reference host in the vSphere Auto Deploy documentation.