When you create an image profile and exit the PowerCLI session, the image profile is no longer available when you start a new session. You can export the image profile to a ZIP file software depot, and add that depot in the next session.



  1. In a PowerCLI session, create an image profile, for example by cloning an existing image profile and adding a VIB.
  2. Before you exit the session, export the image profile to a ZIP file by calling Export-EsxImageProfile with the ExportToBundle parameter.
    Export-EsxImageProfile -ImageProfile "my_profile" -ExportToBundle -FilePath "C:\isos\temp-base-plus-vib25.zip"
  3. Exit the PowerCLI session.
  4. When you start a new PowerCLI session, you can add the depot to access your image profile.
    Add-EsxSoftwareDepot "C:\isos\temp-base-plus-vib25.zip"