You must download a TFTP Boot ZIP file from your Auto Deploy server. The customized TFTP server serves the boot images that Auto Deploy provides. You can perform the task in the vSphere Client.

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.


From a vSphere Client, connect to the vCenter Server system, which is localhost in this proof of concept setup.


When the Certificate warning appears, select the check box, click Ignore, and repeat this process if a second warning appears.


In the vSphere Client, click Home.

An Auto Deploy icon is included in the display.


(Optional) If the Auto Deploy icon is missing, select Plugins > Manage Plugins, ensure Auto Deploy is enabled, and close the Plugins dialog.


Click the Auto Deploy icon to display the Auto Deploy page.


In the Auto Deploy page, click Download TFTP Boot ZIP in the Actions box.

The Configuration box on top shows the Auto Deploy server configuration, the Actions box below shows Download TFTP Boot ZIP and Download AutoDeploy Log Files


Save the file ( to the TFTP_Root directory that you created when you installed the TFTP Server and unzip the file into that directory.


Close the file browser and minimize the vSphere Client.

Prepare the depot from which Auto Deploy retrieves the ESXi software when it provisions the hosts. See Prepare the ESXi Software Depot.