Before you can run vSphere ESXi Image Builder cmdlets, you must install PowerCLI and all prerequisite software. The vSphere ESXi Image Builder snap-in is included with the PowerCLI installation.


If you want to manage vSphere ESXi Image Builder with PowerCLI cmdlets, verify that Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 or 4.5.x and Windows PowerShell 3.0 or 4.0 are installed on a Microsoft Windows system. You can install PowerCLI on the Windows system on which vCenter Server is installed or on a different Windows system. See the vSphere PowerCLI User's Guide.


  1. Download the latest version of PowerCLI from the VMware Web site.
  2. Navigate to the folder that contains the PowerCLI file you downloaded and double-click the executable file.

    If the installation wizard detects an earlier version of PowerCLI on your system, it will attempt to upgrade your existing installation

  3. Follow the prompts in the wizard to complete the installation.

What to do next

Review Using vSphere ESXi Image Builder Cmdlets.If you are new to PowerCLI, read the PowerCLI documentation.

Use vSphere ESXi Image Builder cmdlets and other PowerCLI cmdlets and PowerShell cmdlets to manage image profiles and VIBs. Use Get-Help cmdlet_name at any time for command-line help.