You can update hosts with VIBs or image profiles by downloading a ZIP file of a depot.
VMware partners prepare third-party VIBs to provide management agents or asynchronously released drivers.
The esxcli software vib update and esxcli software vib install commands are not supported for upgrade operations. See Upgrade or Update a Host with Image Profiles.
When you specify a target server by using
--server=<server_name>, the server prompts you for a user name and password. Other connection options, such as a configuration file or session file, are supported. For a list of connection options, see Getting Started with ESXCLI, or run esxcli --help at the ESXCLI command prompt.
Install ESXCLI. See Getting Started with ESXCLI. For troubleshooting, run esxcli commands in the ESXi Shell.
- Download the ZIP file of a depot bundle from a third-party VMware partner.
Determine whether the update requires the host to be in maintenance mode or to be rebooted. If necessary, place the host in maintenance mode.
- If the update requires a reboot, and if the host belongs to a VMware HA cluster, remove the host from the cluster or disable HA on the cluster.
- ♦ Install the ZIP file.
esxcli --server=<server_name> software vib update --depot=/<path_to_vib_ZIP>/<ZIP_file_name>.zip