After you prepare the DHCP server, you must start the vSphere Auto Deploy vCenter Server service and configure the TFTP server. You must download a TFTP ZIP file from your vSphere Auto Deploy server. The customized FTP server serves the boot images that vSphere Auto Deploy provides.


  1. Use the vSphere Client to connect to the vCenter Server system that manages the vSphere Auto Deploy server.
  2. Start the vSphere Auto Deploy service.
    1. Navigate to Home > Auto Deploy.
    2. On the Auto Deploy page, select your vCenter Server from the drop-down menu at the top.
    3. Click Enable Auto Deploy and Image Builder to activate the service.
      If the Image Builder service is already active, select the Configure tab and click Enable Auto Deploy Service.
  3. In the Auto Deploy inventory, click the Configure tab.
  4. Click the Download TFTP Zip File.
  5. Save the file to the TFTP_Root directory that you created when you installed the TFTP Server, and unzip the file.

What to do next

Add a software depot to your inventory and use an image profile from the depot to create a rule for host provisioning.