How do I create a host profile?

How do I create a host profile?

How do I create a host profile?

On the Select host page, select the vCenter Server instance where to create the host profile. Select the host that acts as the reference host and click Next. The selected host must be a valid host. Enter a name and, optionally, a description for the new profile, and click Finish.

What is host profile in VMware?

Host Profiles enables you to automate host configuration across a large number of hosts and clusters. In one click, you can instruct VMware vCenter Server to apply a host profile, at which point it configures each host to match the desired configuration state.

How do I find my ESXi host profile?

1 Navigate to the Host Profiles view. 2 Click the Import Host Profile icon ( ). 3 Click Browse to browse for the VMware Profile Format file to import 4 Enter the Name and Description for the imported Host Profile, and click OK.

How use ESXi host profile?

Select your host profile on the Host Profiles page in VMware vSphere Client. On the details page of the selected Host Profiles, click Actions > Attach/Detach Hosts and Clusters. In the Attach/Detach window, select the ESXi host you want the host profile to apply to.

How do I edit my host profile?


  1. Navigate to Host Profiles main view.
  2. Right-click the host profile and select Edit Host Customizations.
  3. Select the host or hosts for which to edit the customization, and click Next.
  4. (Optional) In the Customize hosts page, you can Import Host Customization .
  5. Edit the host configuration values.
  6. Click Finish.

How do I update my ESXi host profile?


  1. Upgrade all ESXi 6.0 hosts in the cluster to version 6.7.
  2. Remediate the upgraded hosts against the host profile with version 6.0.
  3. Extract a new host profile from an ESXi 6.5 or 6.7 host in the cluster.
  4. Attach the host profile with version 6.5 or 6.7 to the cluster.

How does host profile work?

Host Profiles works by encapsulating a reference host configuration and turning it into a profile, or template, upon which other hosts or clusters of hosts can be configured. Deploying VMware Host Profiles can ensure host conformity in a mixed ESX and ESXi vSphere infrastructure.

What is VMware auto deploy?

Auto Deploy Stateful Installs – This feature allows you to install hosts over the network without setting up a complete PXE boot infrastructure. After the initial network boot, these hosts boot like other hosts on which ESXi is installed.

What does a host profile contain?

A host profile is pretty much a configuration template. It is a representation of the configuration of a so called Reference Host captured as a managed object. The host profile, once created, may be applied to any other host you want identically configured.

How do I change my ESXi host profile?


  1. Navigate to Host Profiles main view.
  2. Select the host profile that you want to edit and click the Configure tab.
  3. Click Edit Host Profile.
  4. (Optional) Click the Name and description tab to change the profile name and description.

How do I find my host profile compliance?

To check a host profile compliance:

  1. In the Entities tab of the host profile main view, choose the host from the list under Associated Entity.
  2. Click Check Compliance.
  3. The compliance status is updated as Compliant, Unknown, or Non-compliant.

How do I set up auto deploy?

The short summary of the step is as following:

  1. Enable AutoDeploy.
  2. Configure TFTP/DHCP/DNS.
  3. Install PowerCLI.
  4. Add Software Depot.
  5. Create first deploy rule.
  6. Boot and configure the first host.
  7. Create a host profile based on the configuration of the first host.
  8. Shutdown the first host and update the rule with the host profile.