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I am looking on the best way to setup a provisioning network and install hundreds of ESXi installs.

I have iDRAC which I complete all my installs.

I am building 50 ESXi Servers or more a week, and its getting old.

Is there a way to plug and play and let it provision on its own.

Either script or cfg file or etc. and best way to make a provisioning network.

Perhaps with PXE/DHCP
Also I have a custom iDRACK.ISO that we configure the servers with - Can this be automated..
However the ESXi Install is my main concern on automation..

So during install I need these configured as well.

Management interface --
      IP
      Netmask
      Gateway
      VLAN

IPV6 disabled

DNS settings

NTP settings

Change root password

Change vSwitch settings
      a.      General > Ports: Default of 120
      b.      General > MTU: 1500
      c.      Security > Promiscuous Mode: Reject
      d.      Security > MAC Address Changes: Accept
      e.      Security > Forged Transmits: Accept
      f.      Traffic Shaping: Status to Disabled
      g.      NIC Teaming: Leave Policy Exceptions to default, ensure that both of the vmnic's are set to active


dvSWITCH configuration other VLANS
      Create Folder - Label xxx-xxx(x)     xxx- Site   -xxx - Group
      Create dvSWITCH using above for each - Label above = xxx-xxx(x)-DVS1
      Greate port group for each
            iSCSI x2
                        a.      ISCSI1: Uplink1 Active, Uplink2 Unused
                        b.      ISCSI2: Uplink2 Active, Uplink1 Unused
            vMOTION x2  (is it best to have 2 vmotion ports) one active one standby and visa versa
                        c.      vMotion1: Uplink1 Active, Uplink2 Unused
                        d.      vMotion2: Uplink2 Active, Uplink1 Unused


            Port group naming sheme i.e
                  Storageheart-beat-VLANxxx-10.xx.x.0/24
                  vMOTION-VLANxxx-10.xx.x.0/24

SETUP/ADD to DVSWITCH /VMKERNEL
      a.      Storage Heartbeat - vmk1
      b.      ISCSI1 - vmk2
      c.      ISCSI2 - vmk3
      d.      vMotion1 - vmk4 , check Use this virtual adapter for vMotion
      e.      vMotion2 – vmk5 , check Use this virtual adapter for vMotion

Set properties
      i.      MTU: 9000
      ii.      Discovery Protocol Status: Enabled
      iii.      Discovery Protocol Type: Link Layer Discovery Protocol
      iv.      Discovery Protocol Operation: Both
      v.      Admin Contact Information: Virtualization Support

Enable Network I/O control
Set as follows:
      a.      Fault Tolerance: Shares - Custom, value of 1 -- QOS priority 7
      b.      ISCSI Traffic: Custom, value of 60 -- QOS priority 1
      c.      Management Traffic: Custom, value of 10 -- QOS priority 2
      d.      NFS Traffic: Custom, value of 1 -- QOS priority 7
      e.      Virtual Machine Traffic: Shares - Custom, value of 100 -- QOS priority 1
      f.      vMotion Traffic: Shares: Custom, value of 20 -- QOS priority 3
      g.      vSphere Replication Traffic: Shares - Custom, value of 10 -- QOS priority 4
      h.      Virtual SAN traffic: Shares - Custom, value of 1 -- QOS priority 7

Disable AD Validation

Set EVC mode to Intel Bridge

Setup CHAP advance
LoginTimeout and change the value to 60
uncheck the box for “Delayed ack”

ENABLE SSH/
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