You can use vSphere Auto Deploy to reprovision a host with a new image profile with the vSphere Web Client by changing the rule that the host corresponds to and activating the rule.


  • Verify that the image profile you want to use to reprovision the host is available. See Create an Image Profile.
  • Verify that the setup you performed during the first boot operation is in place.


  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, from the list of rules in the inventory select the rule that you want to edit and click Edit.
    The Edit Deploy Rule dialog box appears.
  3. Select the Select image profile page to assign an image profile to the hosts that match the rule criteria.
    Option Action
    If you do not want to change the image profile Select the Same image profile option.
    If you do not want to assign an image profile to the selected hosts Select the No image profile option.
    If you want to assign a new image profile to the selected hosts
    1. Select the Browse for Image Profile option.
    2. Select a software depot from the drop-down menu.
    3. Select an image profile from the list.
    4. (Optional) If you want to bypass the acceptance level verification for the image profile, select the Skip image profile signature check check box.
  4. Click Activate/Deactivate rules.
  5. From the list of inactive rules, select the rule that you want to activate and click the Activate button.
  6. (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.
  7. (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.
  8. Click Next.
  9. Review the list of active rules and click Finish.
  10. Reboot the host to provision it with the new image profile.