For a cluster or host that you manage with a single image, you can edit the image at any time to add, remove, or update an image element. For example, you can edit the image to update the vendor add-on version that it includes, to add or remove a driver, to upgrade the ESXi version in the image, and so on.

Working with Image Drafts
When you edit an image, vSphere Lifecycle Manager saves the working copy of the image as a draft. The draft is an edited but unsaved version of an image. If you edit an image but for some reason you do not save the new image set-up, when you restart editing the image, you can use the saved draft version as a starting point or you can altogether discard the changes that you previously made.
Validation

You can validate an image draft before you save it. Validation checks whether the image is correct and complete. During validation, vSphere Lifecycle Manager checks for missing dependencies and conflicting components. In case of issues, vSphere Lifecycle Manager returns messages with information about the existing issues. You must resolve all issues before you can save the image.

Editing an image and validating a draft before saving it are supported operations for clusters with hosts or standalone hosts that have a DPU device. During validation, vSphere Lifecycle Manager validates both the VIBs that are applicable to the ESXi version on the host and to the ESXi version on a DPU device.

Prerequisites

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

Procedure

  1. In the vSphere Client, navigate to a cluster or host that you manage with a vSphere Lifecycle Manager 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 Addon
    • 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 Addon
    • 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.

Results

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 or host, those recommendations become invalidated and updated. vSphere Lifecycle Manager automatically generates a new recommendation based on the new image.