Auto Deploy is one of the more exciting vSphere 5 features. I immediately began modifying my mobile VM Lab to test it out.
I will do a full how-to later, but here are some of the highlights:
1. PowerShell Interface – If you’ve delayed becoming familiar with vSphere PowerCLI cmdlets, this is the perfect time to start: The majority of, if not all, Auto Deploy configuration requires PowerShell.
2. TFTP Server is required – In my test environment, I installed SolarWinds’ free TFTP Server. It worked perfectly in my environment.
3. vSphere Offline Bundle – it would be helpful to download this in advance to load your vSphere image files on to the Auto Deploy Server
4. In your reference Host Profile, be sure to specify which fields you want to manually configure (especially the hostname!).