Auto Deploy Stateful Won’t Install

Interesting problem we encountered on a recent project using Auto Deploy and stateful caching where the ESXi images just wouldn’t stick (i.e install) onto local disk. Using vCenter 6.5e and ESXi 6.5d, the auto deploy boot would work fine, however the install would not persist to local disk.

Seems it is a problem with the host profile being used for the Auto Deploy rule…so to workaround the issue what we did was create a seperate host profile just for the initial boot of the server with auto deploy (i.e. the host profile listed in the Auto Deploy rule), with everything¬†unchecked in the profile except for “System Image Cache Configuration” as shown in the below image:

Stateful Install Host Profile

Once it was booted and added into vCenter, a seperate profile was then applied to configure the remaining VDS settings, Advanced Properties etc.

2 thoughts on “Auto Deploy Stateful Won’t Install

    1. No current solution in 6.5d from what I could find. Workaround is to use a separate host profile just for the stateful install as I have described in this post. I am in the process now of testing 6.5 U1, I’ll see if this is fixed in 6.5 U1.

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