Install vendor-distributed hardware acceleration NAS plug-ins on your host.

This topic provides an example for a VIB package installation using the esxcli command. For more details, see the vSphere Upgrade documentation.

In the procedure, --server=server_name specifies the target server. The specified target server prompts you for a user name and password. Other connection options, such as a configuration file or session file, are supported. For a list of connection options, see Getting Started with vSphere Command-Line Interfaces.


Install vCLI or deploy the vSphere Management Assistant (vMA) virtual machine. See Getting Started with vSphere Command-Line Interfaces. For troubleshooting, run esxcli commands in the ESXi Shell.


  1. Place your host into the maintenance mode.
  2. Set the host acceptance level:

    esxcli --server=server_name software acceptance set --level=value

    The command controls which VIB package is allowed on the host. The value can be one of the following:

    • VMwareCertified

    • VMwareAccepted

    • PartnerSupported

    • CommunitySupported

  3. Install the VIB package:

    esxcli --server=server_name software vib install -v|--viburl=URL

    The URL specifies the URL to the VIB package to install. http:, https:, ftp:, and file: are supported.

  4. Verify that the plug-in is installed:

    esxcli --server=server_name software vib list

  5. Reboot your host for the installation to take effect.