VMware, OEMs, and third-party software vendors must ship their software updates in a format that vSphere Lifecycle Manager supports and can consume.
vSphere Lifecycle Manager can consume software updates only if they are delivered in one of the following ways - in an online depot, as an offline depot, or as an installable ISO image.
An online depot is the hosted version of the software updates that VMware, OEMs, and third-party software providers ship. You access an online depot through a URL.
vSphere Lifecycle Manager includes preconfigured URLs that point to the default VMware depot. Starting with vSphere 7.0, the default online depot that VMware provides hosts vendor add-ons. The default depot also contains ESXi-compatible I/O device drivers certified by VMware. You can use the vSphere Client to access third-party online depots that contain additional components.
The offline bundle is a ZIP file that contains the software metadata and the respective VIBs. In addition to uploading software to online depots, VMware, OEMs, and third-party software providers create and distribute downloadable offline bundles.
|Software Vendor||Software Deliverable||Software Distribution Format|
|Third-party software providers||Components||For device drivers that are certified by VMware:
For other third-party software that is verified and certified by OEMs, for example I/O filters, CIM module: