You can enable vSphere Configuration Profiles during the process of creating a cluster. However, in this case, the cluster is created with a default configuration. You must define the desired configuration for the cluster by editing the default settings after the cluster is successfully created.

The overall workflow for enabling vSphere Configuration Profiles and setting up a desired configuration is the following:
  1. Create a cluster. For more information, see Creating and Managing vSphere Lifecycle Manager Clusters.
  2. Set up the desired configuration for the cluster.
    Note: Starting with vSphere 8.0 Update 2, you can use vSphere Client to create a draft configuration and edit the host configuration settings for a cluster in the user interface.
    • Option 1: Create a draft configuration by using one of the following options: After creating the draft configuration, edit the configuration settings to achieve the desired configuration for the cluster. For more information, see Create a Draft Configuration in vSphere Client and Edit the Host Settings of a Draft Configuration in vSphere Client.
    • Option 2: Export the configuration schema for the newly created cluster and use it to create your own JSON configuration document, which you can import into the cluster.

      The exported configuration schema document follows the JSON Schema format. You use it to create and edit your own JSON configuration document in an external JSON editor tool.

    • Option 3: Export the default or the draft configuration document of the cluster, edit the JSON file manually, and import it back into the cluster. You can also export and use the default or the draft configuration schema for the cluster to facilitate yourself in editing the desired configuration document.
    • Option 4: Extract the settings from a host in the vCenter Server inventory and import them into the newly created cluster to use them as the common desired configuration.