You can use the --rebooting-image option to list the VIBs and profiles that are installed on the host and will be active after the next host reboot.

Before you begin

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.

About this task

When you specify a target server by using --server=server_name, the 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, or run esxcli --help at the vCLI command prompt.


  1. Enter one of the following commands.



    For VIBs

    esxcli --server=server_name software vib list --rebooting-image

    For Profiles

    esxcli --server=server_name software profile get --rebooting-image

  2. Review the output that is returned.

    The output displays information for the ESXi image that will become active after the next reboot. If the pending-reboot image has not been created, the output returns nothing.