Click the Green “Add” button to add an additional advanced option.
There are definitely many PROS to doing it this way: Faster boot times, less network saturation, single location for VMware Tools (easier to manage Tools binaries), etc.
However, just using xxxx-no-tools image with Auto Deploy is not enough, you must also configure your Host Profiles to point to the Shared Product Locker.
This way you won’t have to place your password in a script.
you can also use the –Guest Credential if you have the credentials (get-credential) stored in a variable, in place of the –Guest User and –Guest Password parameters.
As I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, when using Auto Deploy you have two options for ESXi: is what you find in any other deployment method, or if you were to perform the ESXi default manual installation.