By default, vSphere Auto Deploy provisions hosts only if a partition is available on the host. The auto-partitioning option creates a VMFS datastore on your host's local storage. You can set up a reference host to auto-partition all hosts that you provision with vSphere Auto Deploy.
To ensure that local SSDs remain unpartitioned during auto-partitioning, you must set the parameter skipPartitioningSsds=TRUE on the reference host.
For more information about preventing SSD formatting during auto-partitioning, see the vSphere Storage documentation.
- Provision the host that you want to use as your reference host with an ESXi image by using vSphere Auto Deploy.
- Verify that you have access to avSphere Client that can connect to the vCenter Server system.
- Navigate to ESXi host that you want to use as a reference host. , and select an
- Select the Configure tab.
- Under System, select Advanced System Settings and click Edit.
- Scroll to VMkernel.Boot.autoPartition and select the Enabled check box.
- (Optional) If you want the local SSDs to remain unpartitioned, scroll to VMkernel.Boot.skipPartitioningSsds and select the Enabled check box.
- Click OK.
- If no host profile exists for your reference host, create a host profile.
Auto-partitioning is performed when the hosts boot.