You can use the --rebooting-image option to list the VIBs and profiles that are installed on the host and will be active after the next host reboot.

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. Enter one of the following commands.
    Option Description
    For VIBs esxcli --server=server_name software vib list --rebooting-image
    For Profiles esxcli --server=server_name software profile get --rebooting-image
  2. Review the output that is returned.
    The output displays information for the ESXi image that will become active after the next reboot. If the pending-reboot image has not been created, the output returns nothing.