There are changes in the host profiles policy options and host customization values, when a new profile is extracted from a host (or post upgrade). You can get more familiar with those changes by referring to the Answer File Field and Host Profile Extraction table.

After you extract a new host profile from an ESXi host, the values for some of the policy options change. To keep these values, you have to save them manually before extracting the host profile. The Answer File Field and Host Profile Extraction table lists the policy options with changed values as well as the options that keep their values the same in the newly extracted host profile.

To locate the policy options, navigate to Host Profiles main view, right-click the extracted host profile and select Edit Host Customizations.

Table 1. Answer File Field and Host Profile Extraction

Policy option path

Policy option

Variations in the policy options value in the newly extracted profile

Security and Services -> Security Settings -> Security

UserInputPasswordConfigOption

For default users, it leaves the password unchanged (root).

For non-default users, it always extracts user input.

UserInputPasswordConfigOption

If host profile version is earlier than 6.5, this option is not extracted. You explicitly need to create a UserAccount profile in the extracted host profile.

UserInputAdminPasswordOption

Changes to fixed. Does not keep user input value.

Storage configuration -> iSCSI Initiator Configuration

AdvancedUserInputUserConfigOption

Changes to fixed. Does not keep user input value.

UserInputIqn

Keeps user input value.

UserInputAlias

Keeps user input value.

UserInputChapName

Changes to fixed. Does not keep user input value.

UserInputChapSecret

Changes to fixed. Does not keep user input value.

UserInputFirstBurstLength

Changes to fixed. Does not keep user input value.

UserInputMaxBurstLength

Changes to fixed. Does not keep user input value.

General System Settings -> Management Agent Configuration -> SNMP Agent Configuration

UserInputMaxReceiveSegmentLength

Changes to fixed. Does not keep user input value.

UserInputUsers

Changes to fixed. Does not keep user input value.

UserInputV3Targets

Changes to fixed. Does not keep user input value.

UserInputEngineId

Changes to fixed. Does not keep user input value.

UserInputContact

Changes to fixed. Does not keep user input value.

UserInputLocation

Changes to fixed. Does not keep user input value.

Security and Services -> Security Settings -> Security -> Active Directory Permission

UserInputUserName

Keeps user input value.

UserInputPassword

Keeps user input value.

Networking Configuration

UserInputMacAddress

Conditional, prompt user if no default value is available.

UserInputHostName

Conditional, prompt user if no default value is available.

UserInputIPAddress

Conditional, prompt user if no default value is available.

Advanced Configuration Settings -> Advanced Options

UserInputAdvancedConfigOption

Changes to fixed. Does not keep user input value.

Advanced Configuration Settings -> System Image Cache Configuration

Enable Stateless Caching

You must explicitly select the policy option.

Enable Stateful Install

You must explicitly select the policy option.

Note:

This table does not list all policy options. You must be aware of the policy options you modified before extracting a new host profile.