Before you can start provisioning a host that uses stateless caching with Auto Deploy, you must verify that your environment is set up for Auto Deploy, prepare Auto Deploy PowerCLI rules, and set the host boot order.


  • Decide which disk to use for caching and determine whether the caching process will overwrite an existing VMFS partition.
  • In production environments, protect the vCenter Server system and the Auto Deploy server by including them in a highly available environment. Having the vCenter Server in a management cluster guarantees that VDS and virtual machine migration are available. If possible, protect other elements of your infrastructure. See Set Up Highly Available vSphere Auto Deploy Infrastructure.


  1. Set up your environment for Auto Deploy and install PowerCLI.
  2. Verify that a disk with at least 1GB of free space is available.
    If the disk is not yet partitioned, partitioning happens when you apply the host profile.
  3. Set up the host to first attempt a network boot and to boot from disk if network boot fails.
    See your hardware vendor's documentation.

What to do next

Set up a host profile for stateless caching. In most cases, you set up the host profile on a reference host and apply that host profile to other hosts.