You can use the --rebooting-image option to list the VIBs and profiles that are installed on the host and will be active after the next host reboot.

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.


  1. Enter one of the following commands.
    Option Description
    For VIBs
    esxcli --server=<server_name> software vib list --rebooting-image
    For Profiles
    esxcli --server=<server_name> software profile get --rebooting-image
  2. Review the output that is returned.
    The output displays information for the ESXi image that will become active after the next reboot. If the pending-reboot image has not been created, the output returns nothing.