vSphere allows you to configure a reference host by using the vSphere Web Client or the vSphere Client, by using vCLI, or by using host profiles.

To set up a host profile, you can use the approach that suits you best.

vSphere Web Client and vSphere Client

The vSphere Web Client and vSphere Client support setup of networking, storage, security, and most other aspects of an ESXi host. You can completely set up your environment in the reference and create a host profile from the reference host for use by Auto Deploy.

vSphere Command-Line Interface

You can use vCLI commands for setup of many aspects of your host. vCLI is especially suitable for configuring some of the services in the vSphere environment. Commands include vicfg-ntp (set up an NTP server), esxcli system syslog (set up a syslog server), and esxcli network route (add routes and set up the default route). See Configure ESXi Dump Collector with ESXCLI.

Host Profiles Interface

Best practice is to set up a host with vSphere Web Client, vSphere Client, or vCLI and create a host profile from that host. You can also configure the host profiles directly with the Host Profiles interface in the vSphere Web Client or the vSphere Client. See Configure Host Profiles for an Auto Deploy Reference Host in the vSphere Client and Configure Host Profiles for an Auto Deploy Reference Host with the vSphere Web Client.