You begin the Cloud Foundation deployment process by deploying the Cloud Builder VM. The Cloud Builder VM includes the VMware Imaging Appliance, which you use to image your servers with ESXi software. After imaging your servers, you download and complete the deployment parameters sheet from the Cloud Builder VM to define your network information, host details, and other required information. During the deployment process, this spreadsheet is automatically then converted to a JSON file and uploaded to the Cloud Builder VM. The provided information is validated, and the automated phase of the deployment process begins.


You must prepare your environment for deploying Cloud Foundation. See the VMware Cloud Foundation Planning and Preparation Guide.