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Installing ESXi Using vSphere Auto Deploy – Section 9
Jan 26, 2014

Using Auto Deploy with the VMware vCenter Server Appliance – Section 9

 

The VMware vCenter Server Appliance is a preconfigured Linux-based virtual machine optimized for running vCenter Server and associated services. The appliance includes an Auto Deploy server that is disabled by default.

 

You can use Auto Deploy with the vCenter Server Appliance in different ways.

 

  • Use the vCenter Server system on the appliance in conjunction with the Auto Deploy server on the appliance.
  • Use the vCenter Server system on the appliance in conjunction with an Auto Deploy server that you install separately on a Windows system.
  • Use the Auto Deploy server on the appliance in conjunction with a vCenter Server system that you install on a different vCenter Server Appliance.
  • Use the Auto Deploy server on the appliance in conjunction with a vCenter Server system that you install separately on a Windows system.

 

*** NOTE: If you want to use the Auto Deploy server on the vCenter Server Appliance, you must start the service first. You can start the service from the Summary tab of the appliance. ***

 

In all cases, you are responsible for setting up your DHCP server.

 

*** NOTE: You can register only one Auto Deploy instance with a vCenter Server system, and only one vCenter Server system with an Auto Deploy server. ***

 

You can set up a mixed-mode environment that includes an IPv6 vCenter Server. The Auto Deploy server must have an IPv4 address because PXE booting is supported only with IPv4.

 

Set Up the vCenter Server Appliance to Use a Standalone Auto Deploy Server

 

The vCenter Server Appliance includes an Auto Deploy server. You can also use the appliance with a standalone Auto Deploy server.

 

Prerequisites

 

  • Deploy the vCenter Server Appliance.
  • Obtain the vCenter Server installation media, which include the Auto Deploy installer.
  • Verify that the Windows system that you want to use for Auto Deploy meets the requirements for vCenter Server installation. Auto Deploy has the same requirements.

 

Procedure

1. If Auto Deploy is running on the vCenter Server Appliance, stop the built-in Auto Deploy server and unregister Auto Deploy from the Linux command prompt.

service vmware-rdb-watchdog stop

autodeploy-register –unregister -a localhost -l

 

(If you never started Auto Deploy on the appliance, this step is not necessary.)

 

2. Using the vCenter Server installation media, install Auto Deploy on a Windows system and provide the vCenter Server Appliance information when prompted for the vCenter Server.

 

Your standalone Auto Deploy installation is now associated with the vCenter Server on the vCenter Server Appliance.

 

Set Up Auto Deploy on the vCenter Server Appliance

 

By default, Auto Deploy on the vCenter Server Appliance is preconfigured to use the vCenter Server system running on the appliance. You can set up Auto Deploy to use a different vCenter Server system.

 

Prerequisites

 

  • Deploy the vCenter Server Appliance.
  • Install a vCenter Server system to use with Auto Deploy.

 

Procedure

1. If Auto Deploy is running on the vCenter Server Appliance, stop the built-in Auto Deploy server and unregister Auto Deploy from the Linux command prompt.

service vmware-rdb-watchdog stop

autodeploy-register –unregister -a localhost -l

 

(If you never started Auto Deploy on the appliance, this step is not necessary.)

 

By default, the Auto Deploy daemon is not running.

 

2. The next step depends on whether you want to confirm the vCenter Server thumbprint while registering.

 

  • Register and pass in a thumbprint that you created earlier as part of the registration. autodeploy-register –register -a vcenter-ip -u username -w password-R -T thumbprint

 

  • Register without using a thumbprint. autodeploy-register –register -a vcenter-ip -u username -w password -R

 

3. Restart the Auto Deploy daemon

service vmware-rbd-watchdog restart

 

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