You specify the rules that assign image profiles and host profiles to hosts using a set of PowerCLI cmdlets that are included in VMware PowerCLI.

If you are new to PowerCLI, read the PowerCLI documentation and review Using Auto Deploy Cmdlets. You can get help for any command at the PowerShell prompt.

  • Basic help: Get-Help cmdlet_name

  • Detailed help: Get-Help cmdlet_name -Detailed


When you run Auto Deploy cmdlets, provide all parameters on the command line when you invoke the cmdlet. Supplying parameters in interactive mode is not recommended.

Table 1. Rule Engine PowerCLI Cmdlets




Returns a list of Auto Deploy cmdlets.


Creates a new rule with the specified items and patterns.


Updates an existing rule with the specified items and patterns. You cannot update a rule that is part of a rule set.


Retrieves the rules with the specified names.


Clones and updates an existing rule.


Adds one or more rules to the working rule set and, by default, also to the active rule set. Use the NoActivate parameter to add a rule only to the working rule set.


Removes one or more rules from the working rule set and from the active rule set. Run this command with the -Delete parameter to completely delete the rule.


Explicitly sets the list of rules in the working rule set.


Retrieves the current working rule set or the current active rule set.


Activates a rule set so that any new requests are evaluated through the rule set.


Retrieves rules matching a pattern. For example, you can retrieve all rules that apply to a host or hosts. Use this cmdlet primarily for debugging.


Checks whether the items associated with a specified host are in compliance with the active rule set.


Given the output of Test-DeployRulesetCompliance, this cmdlet updates the image profile, host profile, and location for each host in the vCenter Server inventory. The cmdlet might apply image profiles, apply host profiles, or move hosts to prespecified folders or clusters on the vCenter Server system.


Associates the specified image profile with the specified host.


Retrieves the image profile in use by a specified host. This cmdlet differs from the Get-EsxImageProfile cmdlet in the Image Builder PowerCLI.


Use this cmdlet only if the Auto Deploy image cache is accidentally deleted.


Retrieves the attributes for a host that are used when the Auto Deploy server evaluates the rules.


Returns a string value that Auto Deploy uses to logically link an ESXi host in vCenter to a physical machine.


Logically links a host object in the vCenter Server database to a physical machine. Use this cmdlet to add hosts without specifying rules.


Retrieves the Auto Deploy global configuration options. This cmdlet currently supports the vlan-id option, which specifies the default VLAN ID for the ESXi Management Network of a host provisioned with Auto Deploy. Auto Deploy uses the value only if the host boots without a host profile.


Sets the value of a global configuration option. Currently supports the vlan-id option for setting the default VLAN ID for the ESXi Management Network.