Simultaneously booting large number of stateless hosts places a significant load on the vSphere Auto Deploy server. You can load balance the requests between the vSphere Auto Deploy server and one or more proxy servers that you register with vSphere Auto Deploy.


  • Prepare your system for vSphere Auto Deploy. For more information, see vSphere Installation and Setup.


  1. In a PowerCLI session, run the Connect-VIServer cmdlet to connect to the vCenter Server system that vSphere Auto Deploy is registered with.
    Connect-VIServer ipv4_or_ipv6_address
    The cmdlet might return a server certificate warning. In a production environment, make sure no server certificate warnings result. In a development environment, you can ignore the warning.
  2. Register a caching proxy server addresses with vSphere Auto Deploy by running the Add-ProxyServer cmdlet.
    Add-ProxyServer -Address 'https://proxy_server_ip_address:port_number'
    You can run the cmdlet multiple times to register multiple proxy servers. The address can contain a port number.
  3. (Optional) Run the List-ProxyServer cmdlet to verify that the caching proxy server is registered with vSphere Auto Deploy.