If a cluster uses a single image, you can edit that image at any time. You can add, remove, or modify the elements included in the image.


Verify that you have the proper privileges. See vSphere Lifecycle Manager Privileges For Using Images.


  1. In the vSphere Client, navigate to a cluster that you manage with a single image.
  2. On the Updates tab, select Hosts > Image.
  3. In the Image card, click the Edit button.
  4. In the Edit Image card, modify the image set-up.
    Image Element Possible Modifications
    ESXi Version From the ESXi Version drop-down menu, select a new ESXi base image.
    Vendor Add-On
    • To add a vendor add-on to the image, click Select and select a vendor add-on.
    • To change the version of the vendor add-on in the image or to select a new vendor add-on, click the pencil icon and make your changes .
    • To remove the vendor add-on from the image altogether, click the trash icon .
    Firmware and Drivers Add-On
    • To add a firmware add-on to the image, click Select. In the Select Firmware and Drivers Addon dialog box, specify a hardware support manager and select a firmware add-on to add to the image.
    • To select a new firmware add-on, click the pencil icon and make your changes.
    • To remove the firmware add-on element from the image altogether, click the trash icon.

    Selecting a firmware add-on for a family of vendor servers is possible only if the respective vendor-provided hardware support manager is registered as an extension to the vCenter Server where vSphere Lifecycle Manager runs.

    Components Click Show details and view the list of additional components in the image.
    • To add components to the image, click Add Components and select the components and their corresponding versions to add to the image.
    • To delete a component from the image, click the trash icon in the table with components.
    • To delete a manually added component that overrides a component in the selected vendor add-on or base image, click the undo icon in the table with components.

      This action reverts the override.

  5. (Optional) To validate the image, click the Validate button.
    You validate an image to check for missing dependencies and component conflicts.
  6. Click Save.
    The save operation triggers validation. If the image is valid, vSphere Lifecycle Manager saves it and runs a compliance check against the new image. You can view compliance information in the Image Compliance card.

    If the image is invalid, saving the image fails and vSphere Lifecycle Manager returns an error.


The new image is validated and displayed in the Image card. vSphere Lifecycle Manager performs an automatic hardware compatibility check against the new image.

If there are recommended images generated for the cluster, those recommendations become invalidated and updated. vSphere Lifecycle Manager automatically generates a new recommendation based on the new image.