VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 5.2

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In this section we are going to cover Implement and Maintain Host Profiles

Here are the objective from the blueprint :

  • Create and apply host profiles
  • Use Profile Editor to edit and / or disable policies
  • Use Host Profiles to deploy vStorage policies
  • Import / Export Host Profiles
  • Manage Answer Files
  • Configure stateful caching and installation for host deployment
  • Use Host Profiles to deploy vDS

Lab Setup:

Using VMware workstation:

  • Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…)
  • installed esx0
  • Installed VCSA
  • Management workstation (Windows OS)

 Documents used:

  • vSphere Host Profiles v6.0

Create and apply host profiles:

To create host profile, from the home screen click on host profiles, then click on add (+) and choose the host, Provide a name and click finish


After the profile shows in the list you can right click on the profile and edit the setting. Lets remove all the components from the host profile so the host will be compliant (just uncheck all the boxes). The reason for that is that VMware check all the boxes in the host profile which will make my host non compliant


Attaching a profile to host


Use Profile Editor to edit and / or disable policies:

To enable/disable policy expend the host profile hierarchy and click on the desired policy box.


Use Host Profiles to deploy vStorage policies:

You can configure any type of storage policy via host profile under the “Storage configuration”, in the example below  you can set the default PSP for SATP .


In other example you can set all host NFS configuration


Import / Export Host Profiles:

To export host profile , right click on the profile . file extension will be .vpf

To import click on the import profile icon


Manage Answer Files:

when you like to edit unique setting per host you can prompt the user for input in the profile , in the below example user will need to specify the host name in the host profile.


Configure stateful caching and installation for host deployment

We already discuss this in Objective 1 please see the following post

VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 1.1 – part 1

Use Host Profiles to deploy vDS:

I was looking on how to perform this task and i was unable to find it in the vSphere 6 documentation , after some google searches i found the following PDF but its for vSphere version 4., here is the summary from the doc.


  • Hosts must have similar vmnic configuration
  • Hosts must be in maintenance mode

The process:

  • Create vDS and port groups with no host (including mgmt network)
  • Add a template host to the vDS
  • Migrate the template host vmnics to dvUplinks and virtual ports to dvPort groups
  • Delete the standard switch from the template host
  • Create host profile from the template host (“Copy settings from host” options)
  • attached and apply the template host to the other host

Here is a flowchart from the above PDF.



Thanks for reading





  • Michael

    Thank you so much for putting this amazing study guide together. I am taking my VCAP6 Beta exam on June 28th! I was previously studying for the VCAP5 and this guide has really helped bridge the gap for the new features in 6 as well as a great review. I like how your concepts and explanations get straight to the point and the screenshots are very helpful as well. Keep up the great work and thanks for your hard work on this.

  • Michael

    Ok will do! Studying got a lot harder when I got to the stuff you haven’t blogged about yet haha. I think you are the only current study guide for the VCAP6 currently.

  • Michael

    I think the one I am having the most trouble with right now is all of Section 8.2. I have never really had to deal with certs with VMware products so I am pretty lost on this one. If you have time to help me out with that section that would be amazing! I would greatly appreciate that.

    Thanks again for all your hard work on this guide.

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