– If you received ‘The request failed because the remote server took too long to respond’ when trying to apply the host profile. Try to use PowerCLI to run it, the command line is:

C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\Infrastructure\vSphere PowerCLI> Apply-VMHostProfile myHostName -profile myProfileName


– If you have not joined the host into the Active Directory, you should disable the ‘Authentication’ in the host profile. Otherwise, you need to provide the account for joining the domain.

– If you get the compliance failure because of the following reasons in ESXi 5.0. Don’t worry, it is actually a bug in ESXi 5.0. You can either disable the relevant checking in host profile or upgrade to ESXi 5.1