Installing ESXi Using vSphere Auto Deploy – Section 1
Jan 26, 2014

State Information for ESXi Hosts – Section 1


Auto Deploy stores the information for the ESXi hosts to be provisioned in different locations. Information about the location of image profiles and host profiles is initially specified in the rules that map machines to image profiles and host profiles.


Auto Deploy Stores Information for Deployment as noted below in Table 1:

Information Type


Source of State Information

Image state Executable software to run on an ESXi host. Image profile, created with Image Builder PowerCLI.
Configuration state Configurable settings that determine how the host is   configured, for example, virtual switches and their settings, driver settings, boot parameters, and so on. Host profile, created by using the host profile UI. Often comes from a template host.
Dynamic state Runtime state that is generated by the running software, for example, generated private keys or runtime databases. Stored in host memory and lost during reboot.
Virtual machine state Virtual machines stored on a host and virtual machine autostart information (subsequent boots only). vCenter Server must be available to supply virtual machine information to Auto Deploy.
User input State that is based on user input, for example, an IP address that the user provides when the system starts up, cannot   automatically be included in the host profile. You can create a host profile that requires user input for certain values. When Auto Deploy applies a host profile that requires an   answer to a host, the host comes up in maintenance mode. Use the host profiles interface to check the host profile compliance, and respond to the prompt to customize the host. The host customization information is stored with the host.



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