By default, hosts provisioned with Auto Deploy are assigned DHCP addresses by a DHCP server. You can use the Auto Deploy host customization mechanism to assign static IP addresses to hosts.
- Set up your Auto Deploy environment.
- Boot the host using Auto Deploy.
- Extract a host profile from the host.
- In the vSphere Web Client, navigate to the vCenter Server that manages the Auto Deploy host, select Policies and Profiles, and select Host Profiles.
- Right-click the extracted host profile and click Edit Settings.
- Use the default name and description and click Next.
- Change the default IP address settings by clicking .
- From the IPv4 address drop-down menu, select User specified IP address to be used while applying the configuration.
- If the host is in a different subnet than the vCenter Server system, select and enter the default route in the Default IPv4 gateway text box.
- Select .
- Make sure the Flag indicating if DHCP should be used check box is deselected.
- Right-click the host and select .
- Select the profile to attach and click Next.
- Provide the IP address and net mask and click Finish.
- Reboot the ESXi host.
The IP address is saved as a host customization and applied to the host.