If you want to add a VIB to an image profile, and the acceptance level of the VIB is lower than that of the image profile, you can clone the image profile with a lower acceptance level or change the image profile's acceptance level.

You can specify VMwareCertified, VMwareAccepted, PartnerSupported, or CommunitySupported as an acceptance level of an image profile. If you lower the acceptance level, the level of support for the image profile and hosts that you provision with it changes. For more information, see Acceptance Levels.


Install PowerCLI and all prerequisite software. See Install vSphere ESXi Image Builder and Prerequisite Software.


  1. In a PowerCLI session, run the Add-EsxSoftwareDepot cmdlet for each depot you want to work with.
    Option Action
    Remote depot Run Add-EsxSoftwareDepot -DepotUrl depot_url.
    ZIP file
    1. Download the ZIP file to a local file system.
    2. Run Add-EsxSoftwareDepot -DepotUrl C:\file_path\offline-bundle.zip
    The cmdlet returns one or more SoftwareDepot objects.
  2. Get the acceptance level for the image profile.
    Get-EsxImageProfile -Name string
  3. Set the acceptance level of the image profile.
    Set-EsxImageProfile -Name string -AcceptanceLevel level