There are several methods you can use with vRealize Automation to provision physical machines.

Some additional configuration outside of vRealize Automation is required to prepare for physical machine provisioning.

Table 1. Choosing a Provisioning Method

Scenario

Supported Platforms

Provisioning Method

Pre-provisioning Preparations

Provision a machine by querying a PXE boot server for a network boot strap program (NBP), then download and execute any boot image-based provisioning method to deploy the desired operating system. This is the only supported provisioning method for Cisco USC machines.

  • Cisco USC

  • HP iLO

  • Dell iDRAC

Physical PXE and Physical SCCM PXE

Preparing for PXE Provisioning

Provision a machine by booting from an ISO image, using a kickstart or autoYaSt configuration file and a Linux distribution image to install the operating system on the machine.

  • HP iLO

  • Dell iDRAC

Physical Provisioning

Preparing for Linux Kickstart Provisioning

Provision a machine and pass control to an SCCM task sequence to boot from an ISO image, deploy a Windows operating system, and install the vRealize Automation guest agent.

  • HP iLO

  • Dell iDRAC

Physical SCCM

Preparing for SCCM Provisioning

Provision a machine by booting into a WinPE environment and installing an operating system using a Windows Imaging File Format (WIM) image of an existing Windows reference machine.

  • HP iLO

  • Dell iDRAC

Physical Provisioning

Preparing for WIM Provisioning