Avoid these VMware host profile mistakes

VMware host profiles make it easy to deploy new hosts — but it’s also easy to make mistakes. Before you create a host profile, check this list of common errors.

VMware host profiles can simplify the process of deploying new hosts and can help prevent human error. Even so, you have to be cautious when working with host profiles.

VMware host profiles are easy to use — maybe a little too easy. For example, if you want to set up a cluster, you can deploy a single host, generate a host profile from that host and then use it to effortlessly configure the remaining hosts in the cluster.

Due to this simplicity, it can be tempting to rush the process. This can lead to errors if you deploy a collection of hosts and only later discover that the host profile carried over an error. As such, it’s best to bring the first host online and make sure its configuration is correct before you create a VMware host profile.

Despite the simplicity of VMware host profiles, it’s best practice to avoid experimentation during production. Host profiles might not always work in exactly the way you’d expect. If you have never worked with host profiles before, try creating and using host profiles in a few nested ESXi hosts before moving on to a production environment.

Source: Tech Target

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