A policy describes how a specific configuration setting should be applied. The Profile Editor allows you to edit policies belonging to a specific host profile.
On the left side of the Profile Editor, you can expand the host profile. Each host profile is composed of several subprofiles that are designated by functional group to represent configuration instances. Each subprofile contains many policies and compliance checks that describe the configuration that is relevant to the profile. You can configure certain subprofiles, example policies, and compliance checks.
Each policy consists of one or more options that contains one or more parameters. Each parameter consists of a key and a value. The value can be one of a few basic types, for example integer, string, string array, or integer array.
|Sub-Profile Configuration||Example Policies and Compliance Checks||Notes|
|Memory reservation||Set memory reservation to a fixed value.|
|Storage||Configure storage options, including Native Multi-Pathing (NMP), Pluggable Storage Architecture (PSA), FCoE and iSCSI adapters, and NFS storage.||
|Networking||Configure virtual switch, port groups, physical NIC speed, security and NIC teaming policies, vSphere Distributed Switch, and vSphere Distributed Switch uplink port.||
When DHCPv6 is enabled in the networking sub-profile, the corresponding ruleset must also be manually turned on in the firewall subprofile.
|Date and Time||Configure the time settings and timezone of server.||
For the time zone, enter a UTC string. For example, "America/Los_Angeles" for United States Pacific time zone.
The default time zone is set to the local time and location of the vSphere Client machine.
Network Time Protocol (NTP) should be correctly configured. You can configure the NTP settings on the host's configuration tab. Click Time Configuration, then Properties at the top right of the panel.
|Firewall||Enable or disable a ruleset.|
|Security||Add a user or a usergroup and set the root password.|
|Service||Configure settings for a service.|
|Advanced||Modify advanced options.||
Other profile configuration categories include: user group, authentication, kernel module, DCUI keyboard, host cache settings, SFCB, resource pools, login banner, SNMP agent, power system, and CIM indication subscriptions.
- Open the Profile Editor for the profile to edit.
- On the left side of the Profile Editor, expand a subprofile until you reach the policy to edit.
- Select the policy.
On the right side of the Profile Editor, the policy options and parameters are displayed on the Configuration Details tab.
- Select a policy option from the drop-down menu and set its parameter.
- Click OK when you are finished editing the profile.
Note: The change is made when the "Update host profile" task is completed in the Recent Tasks status. If you attempt to apply the profile before the task is complete, the profile configuration does not contain the change.
- (Optional) If you make a change to a policy, but want to revert back to the default option, click Revert and the option is reset.