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Feb 13, 2014

I am asked all the time by people if they can get a start menu back when using Windows 8 or 8.1. The impending Windows 8.1 Update 1 ( Service pack 1 in other words ) and the Windows 9 release early in 2015 will at some point bring back the start menu, that is […]

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 […]

Jan 26, 2014

Reregister Auto Deploy – Section 8   If the IP address of the vCenter Server changes, you must reregister Auto Deploy.   Regardless of whether you are using the vCenter Server Appliance or a vCenter Server system installed on Windows, you must stop the Auto Deploy process and reregister Auto Deploy if the vCenter Server […]

Jan 26, 2014

Using Auto Deploy for Stateless Caching and Stateful Installs – Section 7   The Auto Deploy stateless caching feature allows you to cache the host’s image locally on the host or on a network drive and continue to provision the host with Auto Deploy. The Auto Deploy stateful installs feature allows you to install hosts […]

Jan 26, 2014

Provisioning ESXi Systems with vSphere Auto Deploy – Section 6   Provision a Host (First Boot)   Provisioning a host that has never been provisioned with Auto Deploy (first boot) differs from subsequent boot processes. You must prepare the host and fulfill all other prerequisites before you can provision the host. You can optionally define […]

Jan 26, 2014

Preparing for vSphere Auto Deploy – Section 5   Before you can start to use vSphere Auto Deploy, you must prepare your environment. You start with server setup and hardware preparation. You must register the Auto Deploy software with the vCenter Server system that you plan to use for managing the hosts you provision, and […]

Jan 26, 2014

Auto Deploy Boot Process – Section 4   When you boot a host that you want to provision or re-provision with vSphere Auto Deploy, the Auto Deploy infrastructure supplies the image profile and, optionally, a host profile and a vCenter Server location for that host.   The boot process is different for hosts that have […]

Jan 26, 2014

Rules and Rule Sets – Section 3   You specify the behavior of the Auto Deploy server by using a set of rules written in Power CLI. The Auto Deploy rules engine checks the rule set for matching host patterns to decide which items (image profile, host profile, or vCenter Server location) to provision each […]

Jan 26, 2014

Auto Deploy Architecture – Section 2   The Auto Deploy infrastructure consists of several components as shown below. vSphere Auto Deploy Architecture:   Table 2 explains the function of each component of the Auto Deploy architecture: Auto Deploy Server Serves images and host profiles to ESXi hosts. The Auto Deploy server is at the heart […]

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 […]

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