The VMware vCenter Server Appliance is a preconfigured Linux-based virtual machine optimized for running vCenter Server and associated services. The appliance includes an Auto Deploy server that is disabled by default.

You can use Auto Deploy with the vCenter Server Appliance in different ways.

  • Use the vCenter Server system on the appliance in conjunction with the Auto Deploy server on the appliance.

  • Use the vCenter Server system on the appliance in conjunction with an Auto Deploy server that you install separately on a Windows system.

  • Use the Auto Deploy server on the appliance in conjunction with a vCenter Server system that you install on a different vCenter Server Appliance.

  • Use the Auto Deploy server on the appliance in conjunction with a vCenter Server system that you install separately on a Windows system.

Note:

If you want to use the Auto Deploy server on the vCenter Server Appliance, you must start the service first. You can start the service from the Summary tab of the appliance.

In all cases, you are responsible for setting up your DHCP server. See Prepare Your System and Install the Auto Deploy Server.

Note:

You can register only one Auto Deploy instance with a vCenter Server system, and only one vCenter Server system with an Auto Deploy server.

You can set up a mixed-mode environment that includes an IPv6 vCenter Server. The Auto Deploy server must have an IPv4 address because PXE booting is supported only with IPv4.