You can lower the host acceptance level to match the acceptance level for a VIB or image profile you want to install.

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

The acceptance level of each VIB on a host must be at least as high as the acceptance level of the host. For example, you cannot install a VIB with PartnerSupported acceptance level on a host with VMwareAccepted acceptance level. You must first lower the acceptance level of the host. For more information on acceptance levels, see Acceptance Levels.

Warning:

Changing the host acceptance level to CommunitySupported affects the supportability of your host and might affect the security of your host.

Procedure

  1. Retrieve the acceptance level for the VIB or image profile.

    Option

    Description

    View information for all VIBs

    esxcli --server=server_name software
    					 sources vib list --depot=depot_URL

    View information for a specified VIB

    esxcli --server=server_name software
    					 sources vib list --viburl=vib_URL

    View information for all image profiles

    esxcli --server=server_name software
    					 sources profile list --depot=depot_URL

    View information for a specified image profile

    esxcli --server=server_name software
    					 sources profile get --depot=depot_URL
    					 --profile=profile_name
  2. View the host acceptance level.
    esxcli --server=server_name software acceptance get
  3. Change the acceptance level of the host.
    esxcli
    				--server=server_name software acceptance set --level=acceptance_level

    The value for acceptance_level can be VMwareCertified, VMwareAccepted, PartnerSupported, or CommunitySupported. The values for acceptance_level are case-sensitive.

    Note:

    If the host has a higher acceptance level than the VIB or image profile you want to add, you can run commands in the esxcli software vib or esxcli software profile namespace with the --force option. When you use the --force option, a warning appears because you enforce a VIB or image profile with lower acceptance level than the acceptance level of the host and your setup is no longer consistent. The warning is repeated when you install VIBs, remove VIBs, or perform certain other operations on the host that has inconsistent acceptance levels.