A proof of concept setup of an Auto Deploy environment helps administrators to evaluate the product and demonstrate its capabilities to management. When you complete the proof of concept setup workflow, you have a working Auto Deploy environment that includes a reference host and one or more other target hosts.

The proof of concept setup is intended for a test or development environment, but your completed setup can be the basis for a production environment. The set of tasks starts in an environment in which no Auto Deploy components are installed. The task descriptions assume that you are using a flat network with no VLAN tagging between the physical hosts and the rest of your environment.

To perform the tasks, you should have the following background knowledge and privileges.
  • Experience with vSphere (vCenter Server, ESX, and ESXi).
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft PowerShell and vSphere PowerCLI.
  • Administrator rights to the target Windows and vCenter Server systems.

Follow the tasks in the order presented in this document. Some steps can be performed in a different order, but the order used here limits repeated manipulation of some components.

Auto Deploy does not support a pure IPv6 environment end-to-end. The PXE boot infrastructure does not support IPv6. After the deployment you can manually reconfigure the hosts to use IPv6 and add them to vCenter Server over IPv6. However, when you reboot a stateless host, its IPv6 configuration is lost.