You can uninstall third-party VIBs or VMware VIBs from your ESXi host.

VMware partners prepare third-party VIBs to provide management agents or asynchronously released drivers.

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. Power off each virtual machine running on the ESXi host.
    Option Command
    To shut down the guest operating system and then power off the virtual machine vmware-cmd --server=server_name path_to_vm stop soft
    To force the power off operation vmware-cmd --server=server_name path_to_vm stop hard

    Alternatively, to avoid powering off virtual machines, you can migrate them to another host. See the topic Migrating Virtual Machines in the vCenter Server and Host Management documentation.

  2. Place the host in maintenance mode.
    vicfg-hostops --server=server_name --operation enter
  3. If necessary, shut down or migrate virtual machines.
  4. Determine which VIBs are installed on the host.
    esxcli --server=server_name software vib list
  5. Remove the VIB.
    esxcli --server=server_name software vib remove --vibname=name

    Specify one or more VIBs to remove in one of the following forms:

    • name
    • name:version
    • vendor:name
    • vendor:name:version
    For example, the command to remove a VIB specified by vendor, name and version would take this form:
    esxcli –-server myEsxiHost software vib remove --vibname=PatchVendor:patch42:version3
    Note: The remove command supports several more options. See the vSphere Command-Line Interface Reference.