4 Replies Latest reply on Aug 9, 2016 12:48 PM by JayhawkEric

    Auto-deply for Upgrade

    MrVmware9423 Expert

      Hello Team,


      in our environment we have 100+ esxi host, every 6 month we are doing ESXi patching activity through VMware update manager. To patch these many host it takes hell lot of time. We are also planning to upgrade ESXi version upgrade activity from 5.1 to 6.0 U2. can we use Auto-deploy for patchig and version upgrade activity. if yes then how , requets you to share the document where they have steps for the same.

      Thanks for help

        • 1. Re: Auto-deply for Upgrade
          DavoudTeimouri Master

          I think, vCenter Update Manager is the best tool for upgrading ESXi.

          vSphere Auto Deploy is useful for new host deployment.

          • 2. Re: Auto-deply for Upgrade
            MrVmware9423 Expert



            I agree, but in Auto deploy we just need to boot from golden ISO file that's it, which will save time, isn't it?

            • 3. Re: Auto-deply for Upgrade
              Sharath_BN Novice
              VMware Employees

              This depends on the requirement.  Auto Deploy will help to boot/Install from network. The existing configuration is only saved when the image installed is upgrade.


              You can choose to do a network image boot with host profile applied to configure the host.


              Will this be quicker than an upgrade?


              Well, I would say no since this also need a host reboot and host profile apply task would match similar to a host upgrade task as well.

              • 4. Re: Auto-deply for Upgrade
                JayhawkEric Hot Shot

                One of the biggest problems with Auto Deploy is how complex your Host Profiles may need to be in order to match your environment.  We are using this method in some areas (with stateless hosts) but in others we still use VUM. 


                Auto Deploy is pretty easy by itself and is a great way to get the host code/vib's upgraded.  It's everything else you may have to do to get the host configured to the way it was that is the problem.  We have issues with VSAN environments, such as won't add "Virtual SAN Traffic" to VMK, HA agent doesn't deploy properly, internal USB drives don't show up until a RESCAN of host, etc...


                We have thousands of hosts with numerous vCenter servers and still rely on VUM.