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vCenter Host Profiles (Automate predefined ESX(i) Host installation

8 weeks of #VCAP – Host Profiles (mwpreston dot net)

As I build up my knowledge for the VCAP5-DCA one item that I realize I have no clue about is AutoDeploy.  AutoDeploy basically has a couple of prerequisites; one being Image Builder, which we have already covered and the second is Host Profiles. &nbs ...
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Lost Your ESXi Root Password? Reset It with Host Profiles!

I’ve run into this situation a couple of times now as a consultant – I go on site, we need to make some changes that require (or would at least benefit from) SSH or console access into an ESXi host, but the root password is unknown for any number of reaso ...
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Checking compliance of a host profile (1010731)

After a host is configured using the reference host profile, it is possible that a manual change is made to the configuration.   Note: To ensure that the host remains in compliance with the reference host profile, check the compliance status on the ...
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VMware for Small-Medium Business Blog: More Virtualization Benefits: Taking Advantage of Your vSphere Host Profile Feature

vSphere Host Profiles are an often overlooked valuable feature for virtualized environments. Whether your environment is growing rapidly and adding hosts has become a management nightmare, or there have been too many cooks in the kitchen, and host configu ...
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VMware host profiles and IPv6

For a past day I tried to set up a host profiles to standardize ESXi deployment and I came across to problems to solve:...

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Some advanced configuration options are not supported with Host Profiles (2001994)

You are unable to configure some advanced configuration options using host profiles. The configuration options are also not configured after you boot a stateless host that uses Auto Deploy.The following configuration options are not supported: ScratchC ...
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VMware vSphere Blog: How To Prevent Host Profiles From Prompting for MAC Addresses

I’ve been asked several times if there is a way to get a host profile to stop prompting for MAC addresses. This is actually pretty easy, although arguably not very intuitive.

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vBrownBag US Host Profiles with Anthony Elizondo (@complex) (Professional VMware)

The February 20th #vBrownBag featured Anthony Elizondo covering host profiles both best practices, as well as things to look out for when using them. Don’t forget your licensing – you need Enterprise Plus to have Host Profiles. One interesting tip I read ...
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VMware Support Insider: Some Tips for Host Profiles

Host Profiles allow you to take an existing host configuration and overlay it onto your ESX/i servers. They also allow you to determine if a host has changed from its original design and help to ensure that all your hosts are identically configured.

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View a .vpf file (VMware Profile Format) Host Profiles

This article describes a very easy method on how to fashionable view a VMware Profile Format file (.vpf) that is used with VMware Host Profiles.

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Update vSphere Host Profile from Reference Host via PowerCLI

Im dealing with many clusters of stateless hosts deployed via vSphere AutoDeploy and updating host profiles from reference host is something I badly needed. I was surprised this cmdlet didnt exist so I wrote a function to do the job. Hope folks find this ...
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Quick Host Profile Reports

Today I needed to grab some quick information on my hosts, which hosts had host profiles enabled, if they were compliant and if not what where the issues ?

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Grappling With vSphere 5 Host Profiles

Host Profiles are a feature available to those who have acquired the vSphere Enterprise Plus licensing, and is a tool to help provide and maintain a compliant configuration for your hosts, among other reasons that I wont dig into too deeply here. However, ...
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VCAP5-DCA Objective 5.1 – Implement and Maintain host profiles

ObjectivesUse Profile Editor to edit and/or disable policies Create sub-profiles Use Host Profiles to deploy vDS Use Host Profiles to deploy vStorage policies Manage Answer Files

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Poor man’s hostprofiles including ESX deployment

Last year I was asked to reduce the time spend on installing and configuring our ESX hosts. Because we werent using Enterprise Plus licenses, we didnt have Host Profiles.I came up with a simple two-step process based on the EDA appliance and a custom Powe ...
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Change the root password in hosts and Host Profiles

For good security measures you should change the password of your root account on your ESX(i) servers on a regular basis. Instead of logging on to each and everyone of your ESX(I) servers, you can easily automate this process. But what about the new ESX( ...
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Using Host Profiles

vSphere Host Profiles encapsulates a hosts configuration into a profile.

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Host Profiles: Ruleset xxxx doesn’t match the specification

Today I was testing Host Profiles (again) and I must say it works a lot better than during my previous tests. There was only one thing very annoying during my tests. When the host was in maintenance mode, I applied the Host Profile and performed a check. ...
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