For troubleshooting purposes, you can download an ESXi component of the I/O filter, packaged as a VIB file, and install it on the ESXi host. Use the esxcli command to install the VIB file.

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. Install the VIBs by running the following command:

    esxcli --server=server_name software vib install --depot path_to_VMware_vib_ZIP_file

    Options for the install command allow you to perform a dry run, specify a specific VIB, bypass acceptance-level verification, and so on. Do not bypass verification on production systems. See the vSphere Command-Line Interface Reference documentation.

  2. Verify that the VIBs are installed on your ESXi host.

    esxcli --server=server_name software vib list