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243 - VMware ESX VIB (Package)

VMware uses a file package called a VIB (VMware Installation Bundle) as the mechanism for installing or upgrading software packages on an ESX server.
The file may be installed directly on an ESX server from the command line, or through the VMware Update Manager (VUM).

For new installs, you should perform the following steps :

1.Copy a package

Copy the VIB to the ESX server.  Technically, you can place the file anywhere that is accessible to the ESX console shell,
but for these instructions, we'll assume the location is in '/tmp'.

Here's an example of using the Linux 'scp' utility to copy the file from a local system to an ESX server located at

# scp VMware_bootbank_net-driver.1.1.0-1vmw.0.0.372183.vib root@


2. Install the package

Issue the following command (full path to the VIB must be specified) :

# esxcli software vib install -v {VIBFILE}

In the example above, this would be:

 # esxcli software vib install -v /tmp/VMware_bootbank_net-driver.1.1.0-1vmw.0.0.372183.vib

 Note: Depending on the certificate used to sign the VIB, you may need to change the host acceptance level.  To do this, use the following command:

 esxcli software acceptance set --level=<level>

 Also, depending on the type of VIB being installed, you may have to put ESX into maintenance mode.  This can be done through the VI Client,
or by adding the '--maintenance-mode' option to the above esxcli command.

3. Upgrade Installation

The upgrade process is similar to a new install, except the command that should be issued is the following :

# esxcli software vib upgrade -v {VIBFILE}



The VMware Update Manager (VUM) is a plugin for the Virtual Center Server (vCenter Server).  You can use the VUM UI to install a VIB
by importing the associated offline bundle package (a ZIP file that contains the VIB and metadata). 
You can then create an add-on baseline and remediate the host(s) with this baseline.  Please see the vCenter Server documentation
for more details on VUM.



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