Configuration that is shared by a group of hosts is stored in a host profile. You can create the host profile from your reference host. Configuration that differs for different hosts, such as a static IP address, can be managed through the ahost customization mechanism.

Auto Deploy can provision each host with the same host profile. In certain cases, Auto Deploy also uses host customizations that allow you to specify information that differs for different hosts. For example, if you set up a VMkernel port for vMotion or for storage, you can specify a static IP address for the port by using the host customization mechanism.

In this example, you extract a host profile from a reference host, attach the host profile to one other host, and check host profile compliance. In most cases, you do not perform these tasks manually but you write an Auto Deploy rule that applies a host profile to hosts that are provisioned with Auto Deploy. See Assign a Host Profile to Hosts.

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

Perform all preceding proof of concept setup tasks. See Auto Deploy Proof of Concept Setup for the complete list.


Log in to a vSphere Web Client that is connected to the vCenter Server system with administrator privileges.


Click Rules and Profiles and select Host Profiles.


Click the Extract profile from host icon and respond to the wizard prompts.



Select Host

Select the reference host you configured earlier.

Name and Description

Name the profile ESXiGold and add a description.

Ready to Complete

Review the information and click Finish.


Right-click the ESXiGold host profile, select Attach/Detach Hosts and Clusters.


Select the ESXi host to which you want to attach the profile, click Attach, and click Next.

The wizard loads the host customization.


Provide any customization information and click Finish.

Create a rule that assigns the image profile and the newly-created host profile to all hosts you want to provision with Auto Deploy. See Create a Rule for Other Target Hosts.