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PowerCLI Basics – Create custom ESXi ISO image

Here is a quick post on how to create a custom ESXi ISO image using PowerCLI. Cmdlets used and the corresponding reference page: Add-ESXSoftwareDepot New-EsxImageProfile Export-EsxImageProfile First, connect to the vCenter Server: PowerCLI C:> Connect-VIServer <IP_or_FQDN> Next, add the ESXi offline bundle to the depot: PowerCLI C:> Add-EsxSoftwareDepot C:VMware-ESXi-5.5.0-1331820-depot.zip Add a custom driver to the depot. I used the iSCSI Driver for Emulex: PowerCLI C:> Add-EsxSoftwareDepot C:be2iscsi-10.0.727.44-offline_bundle-1525244.zip Clone the ESXi image: PowerCLI C:> New-EsxImageProfile -CloneProfile […]

Auto Deploy

vSphere Auto Deploy – Quick start guide

At the time of this writing, I am preparing for my VCAP5-DCA exam. I saw the “Objective 9.2 – Install ESXi Hosts Using Auto Deploy” in the exam blueprint and decided to write a quick steps guide for future reference. In my lab, I have a vCenter Server installed with all components including a TFTP server running on Windows Server 2012. My domain controller with DNS and DHCP enabled is also running on Windows Server […]