All posts in category Deployment

Reset VMware Auto Deploy Database to default

One of the things that the VMware Auto Deploy Database contains is the ESX Images that are uploaded and related to the DeployRules that are created. For instance, if I add an ESXi Image to the software depot and create a new DeployRule using the following commands: Add-EsxSoftwareDepot “” Get-EsxImageProfile | ft -autosize New-DeployRule -Name […]

The OVF package is invalid and cannot be deployed.

While deploying a random OVF image within vSphere I received the following error message: The provided network mapping between OVF networks and the system network is not supported by any host.

Auto Deploy: ESXi Stateful Install with multiple LUNs connected fails

Recently I have been experiencing some troubles with VMware Host Profiles, Auto Deploy and the stateful install of ESXi 5.1 (Update 1). After the Host Profile gets applied, the system eventually times out with the message: “The request failed because the remote server took too long to respond” as indicated on the screenshot below.

vSphere Auto Deploy: Consider the Asset Tag to categorize ESXi Hosts

While designing for vSphere Auto Deploy you may want to group (categorize) your ESXi Hosts and attach a deploy rule (rule set) to them: You specify the behavior of the Auto Deploy server by using a set of rules written in Power CLI. The Auto Deploy rule engine checks the rule set for matching host patterns to decide which items (image profile, […]

Automating ESXi Deployment with UDA 2 and bash script

Recently I’ve been asked to deploy a huge amount of ESXi 4.1 Hosts using the Ultimate Deployment Appliance (UDA 2). Let’s start off by saying that the UDA is a fantastic tool but for mass deployment without user-intervention you really don’t want to manually create a template for each host and you  so I figured that bash scripts could help […]