Auto Deploy server software is included with the vCenter Server installation media. This proof of concept setup installs the Auto Deploy server on the system on which vCenter Server is installed.

If you are using vCenter Server 5.1, install Auto Deploy server 5.1. If you have an Auto Deploy 5.0 server installed and you cannot upgrade the Auto Deploy server, see Problems if You Upgrade vCenter Server But Do Not Upgrade Auto Deploy Server.

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


Secure the installation media for the Auto Deploy server software.

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Download the vSphere installer CD ISO image and place the ISO on a data store the vCenter Server can access.


Download the vSphere installer CD ISO image and burn it to disk.


Make the ISO available to the vCenter Server.

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Attach the CD-ROM drive to the ISO, either by using the vSphere Client or from the datastore.


Insert the DVD into the physical server's drive.


Run Autoplay on the DVD.


Select Auto Deploy Server and click Install.


When the installer wizard prompts you for the Repository Location, browse to the volume or hard drive that has enough storage for Auto Deploy use and select that location.

Network shares are not an option when you install Auto Deploy.


Leave the defaults for everything else.


When the installer prompts you for credentials, use your vCenter Server administrator credentials.

Verify that you have access to a one of the vSphere client interfaces.

Request access to a vSphere Web client that can access the vCenter Server system that will manage the Auto Deploy server.

Install the vSphere Client if you intend to use that client interface.

Configure the Auto Deploy and TFTP environment. See Configure the Auto Deploy and TFTP Environment in the vSphere Client.