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


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