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Install Update VIB Zip files software on VMware ESXi server

This is a simple step by step guide on how to install or update vib software application on VMware ESXi server. First step I am going to use ESXi SSH to login. Make sure SSH is enabled on ESXi server, for the same you can find article VMWARE SECURITY BEST PRACTICES: POWERCLI ENABLE OR DISABLE ESXI SSH. Next upload VIB software application zip file using article Upload files to vmware ESXi datastore: Different methods (I have uploaded zip file on /tmp folder on VMware esxi server using SCP protocol). Login onto ESXi server and execute below esxcli command to install vib zip software. 

Make sure if ESXi server requires maintenance mode, put it in the maintenance mode.

ls /vmfs/volumes/datastore/folder/
esxcli software vib install -d /vmfs/volumes/datastore/folder/

VMware vSphere vmfs volumes zip dellEMC addon zip esxcli software vib install esxi reboot required vibs installed removed skipped vmware vsphere vcenter ssh shell install.png

To verify vib software bundle installed successfully, use below esxcli command set.

esxcli software vib list

Vmware vSphere esxi shell ssh racadm dell idrac tool esxcli software vib list get racadm dellemc osname idrac configuration vib perc8 vib software list.png

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To update a already installed VIB software application zip use below command. 

esxcli software vib update -d /vmfs/volumes/datastore/folder/

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