Install vSphere Auto Deploy to provision and customize physical hosts by loading the ESXi image directly into memory. You can provision and reprovision hundreds of ESXi hosts efficiently with vCenter Server.

If an earlier version of Auto Deploy is installed on your system, this procedure upgrades Auto Deploy to version 5.1.

You must install the Auto Deploy server separately for each instance of vCenter Server that you plan to use the Auto Deploy with. Auto Deploy is not supported with vCenter Server versions earlier than version 5.0. Using vCenter Server 5.1 with Auto Deploy 5.0 is not supported. You must upgrade Auto Deploy to version 5.1 for use with vCenter Server 5.1. Auto Deploy supports both IPv4 and IPv6. However, Auto Deploy uses a PXE boot infrastructure that supports only IPv4. You can use Auto Deploy in a mixed IPv4-IPv6 environment or an IPv4-only environment, but not in an IPv6-only environment.

Verify that you have administrator privileges

Verify that the host machine has Windows Installer 3.0 or later.

Verify that the host machine has a supported processor and operating system. Auto Deploy supports the same processors and operating systems as vCenter Server.

See vCenter Server Software Requirements and Hardware Requirements for vCenter Server, vCenter Single Sign On, vSphere Client, and vSphere Web Client.

Gather the following information to complete the installation or upgrade:

The location to install Auto Deploy in, if you are not using the default location.

The location for the Auto Deploy repository. Do not use a network share for the repository.

(Optional) The maximum size for the Auto Deploy repository. Best practice is to allocate 2GB to have enough room for four image profiles and some extra space. Each image profile requires approximately 350MB. Determine how much space to reserve for the Auto Deploy repository by considering how many image profiles you expect to use. The specified disk must have at least that much free space.

The address and credentials of the vCenter Server that you are installing the Auto Deploy feature for: IP address or name, HTTP port, user name, and password.

The Auto Deploy server port, if you are not using the default setting.

The host name or IP address to identify Auto Deploy on the network.


In the software installer directory, double-click the autorun.exe file to start the installer.


Select VMware vSphere® Auto Deploy and click Install.


Follow the wizard prompts to complete the installation or upgrade.