You can set up ESXi Dump Collector for a reference host with esxcli or directly in the Host Profiles panels of the vSphere Web Client. You can export the host profile and write a rule that applies the profile to all hosts provisioned with Auto Deploy.
Before you begin
Verify that at least one partition has sufficient storage capability for core dumps from multiple hosts provisioned with vSphere Auto Deploy.
About this task
Best practice is to set up hosts to use ESXi Dump Collector with the esxcli system coredump command and save the host profile (see Configure ESXi Dump Collector with ESXCLI). If you prefer to use a GUI, set up ESXi Dump Collector from the Host Profiles interface.
- In the vSphere Web Client, click Rules and Profiles and click Host Profiles.
- 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.
- Leave the name and description and click Next.
- Select Network Configuration.
- Select Network Coredump Settings.
- Click the Enabled check box.
- Specify the host NIC to use, the Network Coredump Server IP, and the Network Coredump Server Port.
- Click Finish 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.
For hosts already provisioned with Auto Deploy, perform the compliance testing and repair operations to provision them with the new host profile. See Test and Repair Rule Compliance.
Turn on unprovisioned hosts to provision them with the new host profile.