Install vSphere Auto Deploy to provision and customize physical hosts by loading the ESXi image directly into memory. You can provision and reprovision hundreds of ESXi hosts efficiently with vCenter Server.

If an earlier version of vSphere Auto Deploy is installed on your system, this procedure upgrades vSphere Auto Deploy to the current version.

You must install the vSphere Auto Deploy server separately for each instance of vCenter Server that you plan to use the vSphere Auto Deploy with. vSphere Auto Deploy is not supported with vCenter Server versions earlier than version 5.0. You must upgrade vSphere Auto Deploy when you upgrade vCenter Server. vSphere Auto Deploy is supported only in the same version as the corresponding vCenter Server.

vSphere Auto Deploy supports both IPv4 and IPv6. However, vSphere Auto Deploy uses a PXE boot infrastructure that supports only IPv4. You can use vSphere Auto Deploy in a mixed IPv4-IPv6 environment or an IPv4-only environment, but not in an IPv6-only environment.


Gather the following information to complete the installation or upgrade:

  • The location to install vSphere Auto Deploy in, if you are not using the default location.
  • The location for the vSphere Auto Deploy repository. Do not use a network share for the repository.
  • (Optional) The maximum size for the vSphere Auto Deploy repository. Best practice is to allocate 2GB to have enough room for four image profiles and some extra space. Each image profile requires approximately 350MB. Determine how much space to reserve for the vSphere Auto Deploy repository by considering how many image profiles you expect to use. The specified disk must have at least that much free space.
  • The address and credentials of the vCenter Server that you are installing the vSphere Auto Deploy feature for: IP address or name, HTTP port, user name, and password.
  • The vSphere Auto Deploy server port, if you are not using the default setting.
  • The host name or IP address to identify vSphere Auto Deploy on the network.


  1. In the software installer directory, double-click the autorun.exe file to start the installer.
  2. Select vSphere Auto Deploy and click Install.
  3. Follow the wizard prompts to complete the installation or upgrade.