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 host acceptance level must be the same or less restrictive than the acceptance level of any VIB you want to add to 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. Restart your host for the installation to take effect.