Host profiles allow you to set up standard configurations for your ESXi hosts and automate compliance to these configuration settings. Host profiles allow you to control many aspects of host configuration including memory, storage, networking, and so on.

You can configure host profiles for a reference host from the vSphere Client and apply the host profile to all hosts that share the characteristics of the reference host. You can also use host profiles to monitor hosts for host configuration changes. See vSphere Host Profiles documentation.

You can attach the host profile to a cluster to apply it to all hosts in the cluster.


  1. Set up the reference host to specification and create a host profile.
  2. Attach the profile to a host or cluster.
  3. Apply the host profile of the reference host to other hosts or clusters.