After creating a host profile from a reference host, you must attach a host or cluster to the host profile to associate that host profile with the selected host or cluster. To disassociate a configuration from an ESXi host or an entire cluster, that host or cluster must be detached from the host profile.

When a host profile is attached to a cluster, the host or hosts within that cluster are also attached to the host profile. However, when the host profile is detached from the entire cluster, there is no association between the host or hosts within the cluster and that host profile. Detaching a host profile from an ESXi host or a cluster does not delete that host profile. You can delete the host profile after detaching it from all the entities it is associated with.

Note: You can also attach or detach a host profile by right-clicking the specific host and select Host Profiles > Attach Host Profile or Host Profiles > Detach Host Profile. This process is non-disruptive.


  1. Navigate to Host Profiles main view.
  2. Right-click the host profile and select Attach/Detach Hosts and Clusters .
  3. Select or deselect the hosts or clusters from the list and click Save.
    You can use the Filter text box to search the hosts and clusters list.


The hosts or clusters are added or removed from the selected host profile.