Use the vSphere Client to clone image profiles.


You can use the vSphere Client to clone image profiles. You can clone an image profile when you want to make small changes to the VIB list in a profile, or if you want to use hosts from different vendors and want to use the same basic profile, but want to add vendor-specific VIBs.


  1. Navigate to Home > Auto Deploy.
    By default, only the administrator role has privileges to use the vSphere ESXi Image Builder service.
  2. On the Software Depots tab, use the drop-down menu to select the software depot that contains the image profile that you want to work with.
  3. From the list of image profiles in the depot, select the image profile that you want to clone and click Clone.
  4. Enter an image profile name, vendor, and description.
    You must enter a unique image profile name.
  5. From the Software depot drop-down menu, select in which custom depot to add the new image profile.
  6. Click Next.
    The Select software packages page appears.
  7. From the drop-down menu, select an acceptance level for the image profile.
    The acceptance level of the VIBs you add to the base image must be at least as high as the level of the base image. If you add a VIB with a lower acceptance level to the image profile, you must lower the image profile acceptance level. For more information, see Working with Acceptance Levels.
  8. Select the VIBs that you want to add to the image profile and deselect the ones that you want to remove, and click Next.
    Note: The image profile must contain a bootable ESXi image to be valid.
    vSphere ESXi Image Builder verifies that the change does not invalidate the profile. Some VIBs depend on other VIBs and become invalid if you include them in an image profile separately. When you add or remove a VIB, vSphere ESXi Image Builder checks whether the package dependencies are met.
  9. On the Ready to complete page, review the summary information for the new image profile and click Finish.

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