You can update hosts with VIBs or image profiles by downloading a ZIP file of a depot.
VMware partners prepare third-party VIBs to provide management agents or asynchronously released drivers.
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.
- Download the ZIP file of a depot bundle from a third-party VMware partner.
Determine whether the update requires the host to be in maintenance mode or to be rebooted. If necessary, place the host in maintenance mode.
- If the update requires a reboot, and if the host belongs to a VMware HA cluster, remove the host from the cluster or disable HA on the cluster.
- ♦ Install the ZIP file.
esxcli --server=server_name software vib update --depot=/path_to_vib_ZIP/ZIP_file_name.zip