If an offline depot is located on your local file system, you can import the ZIP file to the vSphere ESXi Image Builder inventory by using the vSphere Client.


Verify that the vSphere ESXi Image Builder service is enabled and running. See Configure the vSphere ESXi Image Builder.


  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, click Import .
  3. Enter the name of the software depot in the inventory.
  4. Click Browse and select a ZIP file from the local system, that contains the software depot you want to import.
  5. Click Upload.

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