About this task

You can use the individual server imaging feature in the following scenarios:

  • Imaging fails on a server in a rack

    You can image that server as an individual device rather than re-imaging the complete rack.

  • You are adding a new host to a Cloud Foundation rack or replacing a dead host.

    You can image the new or replacement host with this feature.


If this is a new or replacement host, do the following.

  • Mount the host in the appropriate slot in the physical rack. For a replacement host, mount it in the same slot as the previous host and wire it according to the same wiring connections.

  • Depending on whether VIA is installed on a laptop or management host, the NIC port on the laptop must be connected to port 48 of the management switch. Or the management host must be connected to a private managed switch that is connected to port 48 of the management switch.

  • VIA must have access to ESXi OOB network (192.168.0.x) and inband network (192.168.100.x).

  • Software bundle must have been uploaded.

  • BIOS settings must have been set on the server to be imaged.

  • For Cisco UCS servers only, set the following values before imaging the rack.

    • Out-Band Cisco Integrated Management Controller User Name=admin

    • Out-Band Cisco Integrated Management Controller User Password=password

Ensure that:

  • Server is in ONIE mode.

  • iDRAC consoles are closed. If an iDRAC console is open, imaging may fail.


  1. In the VIA user interface, click Imaging.

    Ensure that you are in the Details tab.

  2. (Optional) Type a name and description for the imaging run.
  3. In Deployment Type, select Cloud Foundation Individual Deployment.
  4. In Device Type, select ESXi_SERVER.
  5. In Rack Type, select Primary Rack if you are imaging a server in rack 1. For a server in an additional racks, select Add-On Rack.
  6. Select the vendor and model number of the server. The IP address of the server is displayed.
  7. If you want the displayed IP address to be assigned only to the host being imaged, type the MAC address of the server.
  8. Click aa in any section to view the VIA properties file.

    The VIA properties file displays rack specification values from the activated software bundle. For Cisco servers, check the default values for VMNIC1 and VMNIC2. If the defaults are not accurate, edit the values based on which 10G port on the server's Network Card is connected to ToR 1 and ToR 2.

  9. Click Start Imaging.
  10. Power on the server.

    The server is discovered and the imaging process begins.

  11. Open the KVM console to the server.
  12. For a Dell server, change the boot device for the next boot to Local SD.

    Do not power cycle or reset the server.

  13. Monitor the ESXi installation on the console.

    The server is rebooted after ESXi installation is complete. Ensure that ESXi is booting from the installed copy of ESXi and not from the network.

    After the server boots from the installed copy of ESXi, VIA continues imaging the server.

  14. After imaging is completed, disconnect VIA and shutdown the laptop or management host.