You can set up host profiles in a reference host and apply the host profile settings to all other hosts that you provision with vSphere Auto Deploy. You can either configure the reference host and export the host profile or, for small changes, edit the host profiles directly.

Before you begin

Verify that you have access to a vSphere Web client that can connect to the vCenter Server system

Procedure

  1. In the vSphere Web Client, click Rules and Profiles and click Host Profiles.
  2. For a new profile, click the Create Profile from a host icon, or right-click a profile that you want to modify and select Edit Host Profile.
  3. Customize your reference host by using vCLI, by using the client UI, or by using the Host Profiles interface.

    Policy

    Description

    ESXi Dump Collector

    Set up ESXi Dump Collector with the esxcli system coredump command and save the host profile (best practice), or configure the host profile directly. See Set Up Syslog from the Host Profiles Interface in the vSphere Web Client.

    Syslog

    Set up syslog for the host with the esxcli system syslog command. Save the host profile (best practice) or configure the host profile directly. See Set Up Syslog from the Host Profiles Interface in the vSphere Web Client.

    NTP

    Use the vicfg-ntp vCLI command or the vSphere Web Client to set up a host. If you use the vSphere Web Client to start the NTP Server, make sure the startup policy for the NTP Daemon is set appropriately.

    1. In the vSphere Web Client, select the host.

    2. Select the Manage tab and click Time Configuration.

    3. Click Edit and click Use Network Time Protocol (Enable NTP client).

    4. Select Start and stop with host as the NTP Service Startup Policy.

    Security

    Set up the firewall configuration, security configuration, user configuration, and user group configuration for the reference host with the vSphere Web Client or with vCLI commands. See the vSphere Security documentation.

    Networking and Storage

    Set up the networking and storage policies for the reference host with the vSphere Web Client or vCLI command.

  4. Click OK to save the host profile settings.

What to do next

Write a rule that applies the host profile to all hosts that you want to provision with the settings that you specified in the reference host (see Assign a Host Profile to Hosts). Perform a test-and-repair compliance operation.