Before you can work with software depots and customize image profiles, you must add one or more software depots to the vSphere ESXi Image Builder inventory. You can add a software depot 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 New.
    The Add Software Depot window appears.
  3. Select the type of depot that you want to create.
    Option Action
    Online Depot
    1. Enter a name of the depot in the inventory.
    2. Enter the URL of the online depot.
    Custom Depot Enter the name of the depot in the inventory.
  4. Click Add.
  5. (Optional) Click the Software Packages tab to view the contents of the selected depot and additional information about the packages.
  6. (Optional) If you added an Online depot, you can also:
    • Check for Updates to get the latest depot packages.
    • Click More info to get additional depot details.


The software depot is added to the list.

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