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.

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.


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. 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