After you create a vSphere Auto Deploy rule, the rule is in inactive state. You must activate the rule for it to take effect. You can use the Activate and Reorder wizard to activate, deactivate, and change the order of the rules.

The upper list on the Activate and Reorder page of the wizard displays the rules in the active rule set. The lower list displays the inactive rules.



  1. On the vSphere Web Client Home page, click Auto Deploy.
    By default, only the Administrator role has privileges to use the vSphere Auto Deploy service.
  2. On the Deploy Rules tab, click Activate/Deactivate rules.
    The Activate and Reorder wizard appears.
  3. (Optional) If you want to deactivate an active rule, select the rule from the active rules list and click the Deactivate button.
  4. From the list of inactive rules, select the rule that you want to activate and click the Activate button.
  5. (Optional) If you want to reorder the rules in the active rule list, select a rule that you want to move up or down in the list and click the Move up or Move down icon above the list of active rules.
    The rules are listed by priority. For example, if two or more rules apply to the same host but are set to provision the host with different image profiles, host profiles, and locations, the rule that is highest in the list takes effect on the host.
  6. (Optional) If you want to test an inactive rule before activation, select the Test rules before activation check box and click Next.
    1. On the Select test targets page of the wizard, from the Filter tab select the hosts on which to test the inactive rule and click Next.
      The Selected tab displays only the selected hosts.
    2. On the Preview test results page of the wizard, select a host from the list to view the current status of the host and the changes that are expected after the activation of the rule.
      If the host is compliant with the rule, you do not need to remediate the host after you activate the rule.
    3. (Optional) If you want to remediate the selected hosts after the rule activation, select the Remediate listed host associations after rule activation check box.
  7. Click Next.
  8. Review the list of active rules and click Finish.


On the Deploy Rules tab, the rule is listed as active in the Status column.

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