You can set up ESXi Dump Collector for a reference host with esxcli or directly in the Host Profiles panels of the vSphere Client. You can export the host profile and write a rule that applies the profile to all hosts provisioned with Auto Deploy.

Best practice is to set up hosts to use ESXi Dump Collector with the esxcli system coredump command and save the host profile (see Configure ESXi Dump Collector with ESXCLI). If you prefer using a GUI, setting up ESXi Dump Collector from the Host Profiles interface is an alternative.

You must have a partition that has sufficient storage capability for core dumps from multiple hosts provisioned with vSphere Auto Deploy.


Use a vSphere Client to connect to the vCenter Server system.


Select the host and select View > Management > Host Profiles.


For a new profile, click Create Profile, or right-click a profile you want to modify and select Edit Profile.


Select Network Configuration.


Select Network Coredump Settings and click Edit.


Specify the server port and IP address and the host NIC to use and click the check box to enable ESXi Dump Collector.


Click OK to save the host profile settings.

Write a rule that applies the host profile to all hosts that you want to provision with the settings that you specified in the reference host (see Assign a Host Profile to Hosts).

For hosts already provisioned with Auto Deploy, perform the compliance testing and repair operations to provision them with the new host profile. See Test and Repair Rule Compliance.

Turn on unprovisioned hosts to provision them with the new host profile.