At the Details step of an imaging run, you provide a name and description for the imaging run as well component and port information for the rack.


  • Software bundle must have been uploaded and activated.

  • iDRAC and KVM consoles must be closed. If an iDRAC console is open, imaging may fail.


  1. In the VIA user interface, click Imaging.


  2. (Optional) Type a name and description for the imaging run.

    It is recommended that you add the rack serial number or other rack identification details in the Name or Description field. The name and description is recorded in the imaging details JSON file after imaging is complete, which helps identify the rack to which the imaging details file belongs.

  3. In Deployment Type, select Cloud Foundation Full Deployment.
  4. In Rack Type, select First Rack if you are imaging rack 1. For additional racks, select Additional Rack.
  5. For the management switch and ToR switches, select the vendor and model.

    The IP address for each switch is displayed.

  6. (Optional) Type the MAC address of each switch.
  7. If the physical rack contains inter-rack switches (rack 2 only), type the number of inter-rack switches in the Number field in the Inter-rack Switch section.
  8. Select the vendor and model number of the inter-rack switches.
  9. In the Server section, type the number of servers in the physical rack.
  10. Select the vendor and model number of each server. The IP address for each server is displayed.

    Ensure that you have selected the component models correctly. VIA enforces a strict matching of the server models selected during imaging against what is discovered by VIA. If they do not match, imaging fails.

  11. (Optional) Type the MAC address of each server.

    After imaging, hosts are numbered based on port connectivity. The host connected to the first port is host 0, the second is N1, and so on. VIA enables switch and server ports and power resets them one by one staggered with a delay. The host that powers on first gets the IP address and becomes the primary host. So host 0 may not necessarily be the primary host.

    If you type a MAC address, VIA assigns the IP address to the host with the specified MAC address and makes it the primary host.

  12. Click aa in any section to view the VIA properties file.

    The VIA properties file displays rack specification values from the activated software bundle.

    • If required, edit the file as appropriate. For example, delete the ToR OOB ports that you are not using to speed up the imaging process.

    • Ensure that the ESXi Disk-Type value matches the actual boot device name (scroll to the bottom of the page to see this field). Edit the value if required.

  13. Click Save.
  14. Click Start Imaging. The wiring diagram for the rack is displayed.


    Review the wiring diagram to check if your rack is wired according to the displayed wiremap. See Rack Wiring.

    Click Confirm if it is accurate. If you need to make any wiring changes, click Cancel.

What to do next

Once imaging starts, notifications (errors, warnings, and information) are displayed in the top right corner of the VIA window. Click the icon to review the messages so that you can take the appropriate steps to complete the imaging successfully.