When you manage a cluster with a single image, you can change the image at any time. You can edit the image by changing the software that it includes, for example, you can add or remove components, and you can also change the version of the included components.
Using vSphere Lifecycle Manager images starts with setting up an image for a cluster. You can set up an image during the creation of the cluster or later.
After you start managing a cluster with a single image, you can edit the image at any time. You can validate the image before saving it to verify that it includes no conflicting components or missing dependencies.
You can export and import images. For example, you can export an image as an installable ISO file, which you can use for bootstrapping purposes. You can also export the image as a JSON file and reuse it for another cluster that uses images.