One way to minimize the configuration of servers needed for the Auto Deploy infrastructure is to use the vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) as the TFTP server. Since Auto Deploy is built into the vCSA it has all the building blocks you need.
- Deploy your new vCSA
- Login and make sure all services are stopped (https://x.x.x.x:5480):
- SSH into the vCSA:
- Start the TFTP service:
1service atftp start
- Set chkconfig:
1chkconfig atftpd on
- Verify Changes:
1chkconfig --list atftpd
- Your TFTP directory is located at /tftpboot/
- The directory already contains the necessary files for Auto Deploy( tramp file, undionly.kpxe.vmw-hardwired, etc) with the exception of the deploy-tftp.zip. This needs to be downloaded from you vCenter Server and scp’d to here.