Auto Deploy for vmware workstation

I have created 4 post blog to learn auto deploy. I have used VMware workstation to do the entire exercise. Here is the environment details

Software: VMware Workstation 7.x hosted on

OS: Windows 7.0 SP1

Guest OS: Windows 2003 SP2 x32 for Active Directory, DHCP and DNS

Guest OS: Windows 2008 R2 SP1 for vCenter5.0, Auto  Deploy

Guest OS: ESXi for testing Auto Deploy

Auto Deploy software from VMware which is vCenter ISO/CD

TFTP from Solarwinds


Schematic view of my Virtual Lab

Figure Schematic view of my virtual lab for Auto Deploy

First Post : Preparing auto deploy environment

Second Post : Installing auto deploy server configuring tftp server

Third Post : Configuring DHCP server and testing auto deployment

Fourth Post : Auto deploying ESXi

Please note my environment takes 18-20 minutes to boot ESXi host i.e. it is the time taken to stream ESXi image from auto deploy server.


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