You must configure the BIOS settings of the four hosts and reconfirm the MAC address of the primary network device to prepare the target hosts for provisioning with vSphere Auto Deploy.


Hosts that you want to provision with vSphere Auto Deploy must meet the requirements for ESXi.

See ESXi Hardware Requirements.


  1. Change the BIOS settings of each of the four physical hosts to force the hosts to boot from the primary network device.
  2. Reconfirm the MAC address of the primary network device.

What to do next

Set up the DHCP server to serve each target host with an iPXE binary.