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VMware ESXi Cookbook by Aravind Sivaraman, Mohammed Raffic Kajamoideen

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Deploying ESXi hosts using Auto Deploy

Auto Deploy is another method of deploying ESXi. With the help of Auto Deploy, you can specify the image to be deployed on the host. Auto Deploy is used in two different modes, Stateless caching and Stateful installs, which are explained next.

  • Stateless caching: In this method, the ESXi host configuration is not stored in the disk, but it's linked to an image profile. While rebooting the host, it uses the Auto Deploy server to boot, and when the server is not reachable, the host will boot from the local cache.
  • Stateful installs: In this method, the host is provisioned with Auto Deploy, but the host configuration and state are stored in the local disk. On every reboot, the host boots from the disk just as if ...

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