Host Profiles ensure all hosts in the cluster have the same configuration.

About this task

Procedure

  1. Log in to the Compute vCenter Server by using the vSphere Web Client.
    1. Open a Web browser and go to https://sfo01w01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local/vsphere-client.
    2. Log in using the following credentials.

      Setting

      Value

      User name

      administrator@vsphere.local

      Password

      vsphere_admin_password

  2. Create a Host Profile from sfo01w01esx01.sfo01.rainpole.local.
    1. In the Navigator, select Hosts and Clusters and expand the sfo01w01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local tree.
    2. Right-click the ESXi host sfo01w01esx01.sfo01.rainpole.local and choose Host Profiles > Extract Host Profile.
    3. In the Extract Host Profile page, enter sfo01-w01hp-comp01 for the Name and click Next.
    4. In the Ready to complete page, click Finish.
  3. Attach the Host Profile to the shared edge and compute cluster.
    1. In the Navigator, select Hosts and Clusters and expand the sfo01w01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local tree.
    2. Right-click on the sfo01-w01-comp01 cluster, and choose Host Profiles > Attach Host Profile.
    3. In the Attach Host Profile dialog, select the sfo01-w01hp-comp01 Host Profile, select the Skip Host Customization check box, and click Finish.
  4. Create Host Customizations for the hosts in the shared edge and compute cluster.
    1. In the Navigator, select Policies and Profiles.
    2. Click on Host Profiles, then right-click on sfo01-w01hp-comp01, and choose Export Host Customizations.
    3. In the dialog, click Save.
    4. Choose a file location to save the sfo01-w01hp-comp01_host_customizations.csv file.
    5. Open the sfo01-w01hp-comp01_host_customizations.csv in Excel.
    6. Edit the file using the following configuration value.

      ESXi Host

      Active Directory Configuration Password

      Active Directory Configuration Username

      NetStack Instance defaultTcpipStack->DNS configuration Name for this host

      sfo01w01esx01.sfo01.rainpole.local

      ad_admin_password

      ad_admin_acct@sfo01.rainpole.local

      sfo01w01esx01

      sfo01w01esx02.sfo01.rainpole.local

      ad_admin_password

      ad_admin_acct@sfo01.rainpole.local

      sfo01w01esx02

      sfo01w01esx03.sfo01.rainpole.local

      ad_admin_password

      ad_admin_acct@sfo01.rainpole.local

      sfo01w01esx03

      sfo01w01esx04.sfo01.rainpole.local

      ad_admin_password

      ad_admin_acct@sfo01.rainpole.local

      sfo01w01esx04

      ESXi Host

      Host virtual NIC sfo01-w01-vds01:sfo01-w01-vds01-management:management->IP address settings IPv4 address

      Host virtual NIC sfo01-w01-vds01:sfo01-w01-vds01-management:management->IP address settings SubnetMask

      sfo01w01esx01.sfo01.rainpole.local

      172.16.31.101

      255.255.255.0

      sfo01w01esx02.sfo01.rainpole.local

      172.16.31.102

      255.255.255.0

      sfo01w01esx03.sfo01.rainpole.local

      172.16.31.103

      255.255.255.0

      sfo01w01esx04.sfo01.rainpole.local

      172.16.31.104

      255.255.255.0

      ESXi Host

      Host virtual NIC sfo01-w01-vds01:sfo01-w01-vds01-nfs:<UNRESOLVED>->IP address settings IPv4 address

      Host virtual NIC sfo01-w01-vds01:sfo01-w01-vds01-nfs:<UNRESOLVED>->IP address settings SubnetMask

      sfo01w01esx01.sfo01.rainpole.local

      172.16.25.101

      255.255.255.0

      sfo01w01esx02.sfo01.rainpole.local

      172.16.25.102

      255.255.255.0

      sfo01w01esx03.sfo01.rainpole.local

      172.16.25.103

      255.255.255.0

      sfo01w01esx04.sfo01.rainpole.local

      172.16.25.104

      255.255.255.0

      ESXi Host

      Host virtual NIC sfo01-w01-vds01:sfo01-w01-vds01-vmotion:vmotion->IP address settings IPv4 address

      Host virtual NIC sfo01-w01-vds01:sfo01-w01-vds01-vmotion:vmotion->IP address settings SubnetMask

      sfo01w01esx01.sfo01.rainpole.local

      172.16.32.101

      255.255.255.0

      sfo01w01esx02.sfo01.rainpole.local

      172.16.32.102

      255.255.255.0

      sfo01w01esx03.sfo01.rainpole.local

      172.16.32.103

      255.255.255.0

      sfo01w01esx04.sfo01.rainpole.local

      172.16.32.104

      255.255.255.0

    7. Once the file has been updated, save it and close Excel.
    8. Click the sfo01-w01hp-comp01 host profile and then click the Configure tab.
    9. Click the Edit Host Customizations button.
    10. In the Edit Host Customizations window, select all hosts and click Next.
    11. Click the Browse button to use a customization file, locate the sfo01-w01hp-comp01_host_customizations.csv file saved earlier and select it and click Open, then click Finish.
  5. Remediate the hosts in the shared edge and compute cluster.
    1. Click the Monitor tab and click Compliance.
    2. Select sfo01-w01-comp01 and click the Check Host Profile Compliance button.
    3. Select sfo01w01esx02.lax01.rainpole.local and click the Remediate host based on its host profile button.
    4. Select sfo01w01esx03.lax01.rainpole.local and click the Remediate host based on its host profile button.
    5. Select sfo01w01esx04.lax01.rainpole.local and click the Remediate host based on its host profile button.
      Note:

      All hosts should now show a status of Compliant.

  6. Schedule nightly compliance checks.
    1. On the Policies and Profiles page, click sfo01-w01hp-comp01, click the Monitor tab, and then click the Scheduled Tasks subtab.
    2. Click Schedule a New Task then click Check Host Profile Compliance.
    3. In the Check Host Profile Compliance (scheduled) window click Scheduling options.
    4. Enter sfo01-w01hp-comp01 Compliance Check in the Task Name field.
    5. Click the Change button on the Configured Scheduler line.
    6. In the Configure Scheduler window select Setup a recurring schedule for this action and change the Start time to 10:00 PM and click OK.
    7. Click OK in the Check Host Profile Compliance (scheduled) window.