Before you can run vSphere ESXi Image Builder cmdlets, you must install PowerCLI and all prerequisite software. The vSphere ESXi Image Builder snap-in is included with the PowerCLI installation.


If you want to manage vSphere ESXi Image Builder with PowerCLI cmdlets, verify that Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 or 4.5.x and Windows PowerShell 3.0 or 4.0 are installed on a Microsoft Windows system. See the PowerCLI User's Guide.


  1. Download the latest PowerCLI installer from the Download page on the VMware website.
  2. Navigate to the folder that contains the PowerCLI file you downloaded and double-click the executable file.
    To install PowerCLI by running a Windows PowerShell command, download the latest version from VMware {code} and follow the PowerCLI User's Guide.
    Note: If the installation wizard detects an earlier version of PowerCLI on your system, it attempts to upgrade your existing installation.
  3. Follow the prompts in the wizard to complete the installation.

What to do next

Review Using VMware.Image Builder Cmdlets. If you are new to PowerCLI, read the PowerCLIUser's Guide.

Use vSphere ESXi Image Builder cmdlets and other PowerCLI cmdlets and PowerShell cmdlets to manage image profiles and VIBs. Use Get-Help cmdlet_name at any time for command-line help.