You can use Auto Deploy PowerCLI cmdlets to create rules that associate hosts with image profiles, host profiles, and a location on the vCenter Server target. You can also update hosts by testing rule compliance and repairing compliance issues.
Assign an Image Profile to Hosts Before you can provision a host, you must create rules that assign an image profile to each host that you want to provision by using Auto Deploy.
Assign a Host Profile to Hosts Auto Deploy can assign a host profile to one or more hosts. The host profile might include information about storage configuration, network configuration, or other characteristics of the host. If you add a host to a cluster, that cluster's host profile is used.
Assign a Host to a Folder or Cluster Auto Deploy can assign a host to a folder or cluster. When the host boots, Auto Deploy adds it to the specified location on the vCenter Server. Hosts assigned to a cluster inherit the cluster's host profile.
Test and Repair Rule Compliance When you add a rule to the Auto Deploy rule set or make changes to one or more rules, hosts are not updated automatically. Auto Deploy applies the new rules only when you test their rule compliance and perform remediation.