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What is host profiles in VMware?

What is host profiles in VMware?

Host Profiles enables you to automate host configuration across a large number of hosts and clusters. In one click, you can instruct VMware vCenter Server to apply a host profile, at which point it configures each host to match the desired configuration state.

What does a host profile include?

Host Profiles bases policies for networking, storage and other settings on the reference host. These policies can be applied to hosts and clusters of hosts. Profile Editor allows administrators to change the policies attached to specific host profiles. They can also switch out the reference host for a host profile.

How do I create a host profile?


  1. Navigate to the Host Profiles main view and click Extract Host Profile.
  2. On the Select host page, select the vCenter Server instance where to create the host profile.
  3. Select the host that acts as the reference host and click Next.

How do I find my host profile?

To check a host profile compliance:

  1. In the Entities tab of the host profile main view, choose the host from the list under Associated Entity.
  2. Click Check Compliance.
  3. The compliance status is updated as Compliant, Unknown, or Non-compliant.

How do I edit my host profile?


  1. Navigate to Host Profiles main view.
  2. Select the host profile that you want to edit and click the Configure tab.
  3. Click Edit Host Profile.
  4. (Optional) Click the Name and description tab to change the profile name and description.

What does reset host customizations do?

Remediate the host or reset the host customization to be prompted for input. The system stores your input and uses it the next time the host boots. When the host profile is set to prompt for user input, you must specify a value in the dialog that appears when you reset the host customization.

How use ESXi host profile?

Select your host profile on the Host Profiles page in VMware vSphere Client. On the details page of the selected Host Profiles, click Actions > Attach/Detach Hosts and Clusters. In the Attach/Detach window, select the ESXi host you want the host profile to apply to.

How do you remediate a host profile?


  1. Navigate to Host Profiles main view.
  2. Right-click the host profile and select Remediate.
  3. Select the hosts you want to remediate against the host profile.
  4. (Optional) To specify host properties, enter your host customizations or import a host customization file.

How do I check compliance on ESXi host?


  1. In the vSphere Client, select Menu > Update Manager.
  2. Select an object or a container object from the inventory.
  3. Select a host or a container object from the inventory.
  4. Select the Updates tab. You are in the Update Manager compliance view.
  5. Click Check Compliance.

How do I delete a host account?

Detaching a host profile from an ESXi host or a cluster does not delete that host profile. You can delete the host profile after detaching it from all the entities it is associated with. Note: You can also detach a host profile by right-clicking the specific host and select Host Profiles > Detach Host Profile.

How do I find my ESXi host profile?

The Host Profiles main view lists all available profiles. Administrators can also use the Host Profiles main view to perform operations on Host Profiles and configure profiles. 1 From the vSphere Web Client Home, click Policies and Profiles. 2 Click Host Profiles.

What is vmware remediate?

Remediate to Apply Patches, Extensions, and Upgrades. Attach a patch, upgrade, or extension baseline or a baseline group containing patches, upgrades, and extensions to the host.

What is VMware vSphere Essentials?

The VMware vSphere Essentials Kit is a bare bones VMware offering. It ships with the unlocked hypervisor, offering small- and medium-sized business ( SMB ) VMware admins thin provisioning and full access by third-party applications to the VMware application program interface (API).

What is VMware .vSphere-ha folder for?

.vSphere-HA – This folder resides on shared datastore that is used as a secondary communication channel in HA architecture. This folder contains; host-xxx-hb files – The heartbeat mechanism uses the part of the VMFS volume for regular updates. Each host in cluster has it’s own file like this in the .vSphere-HA folder.

What is VMware vSphere Update Manager?

VMware vSphere Update Manager is a software for upgrading, migrating, updating, and patching clustered hosts, virtual machines, and guest operating systems. Update Manager orchestrates host and virtual machine upgrades.

What is VMware vSphere virtual volumes?

VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols) is one the new feature addition with vSphere 6.0. VMware Virtual volumes are encapsulations of virtual machine files, virtual disks, and their derivatives. Virtual volumes are stored natively inside a storage system that is connected through Ethernet or SAN.