You install I/O filters in an ESXi host cluster by running installers provided by vendors.


  • Required privileges: Host.Configuration.Query patch.

  • Verify that the I/O filter solution integrates with vSphere ESX Agent Manager and is certified by VMware.

  • Verify that your cluster includes ESXi 6.0 Update 1 hosts.

  • Enable DRS on the cluster.


  1. Run the installer that the vendor provided.

    The installer installs the appropriate I/O filter extension on vCenter Server and deploys the filter components on all hosts within a cluster. You cannot install the filter on selected hosts.

  2. Verify that the I/O filter components are properly installed on your ESXi hosts:

    esxcli --server=server_name software vib list

    The filter appears on the list of VIB packages.