Live VIB installation in ESXi 5.0 hosts
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Live VIB installation in ESXi 5.0 hosts


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VMware vSphere ESXi


This article provides information on the live vSphere Installation Bundle (VIB) installation feature in ESX 5.0.

VIB installation is a new feature in ESXi 5.0 that allows you to modify the host without rebooting. This provides the capability to install, remove, and upgrade ESXi VIBs without any downtime.

In the stateful host behaviour, the image is cached in /altbootbank. In a stateless host behaviour, VIBs do not persist at reboot and the image profile must be updated with the new VIB.



VMware vSphere ESXi 5.0


These VIBs can be installed live:
  • CIM providers
  • Cisco Nexus
  • vShield Plugins
  • Lab Manager
  • HA agents

These VIBs require a reboot:

  • Base ESXi patches
  • Drivers
  • esxcli extensions

Installing Live VIBs on a stateless ESXi host using VMware Update Manager

By default, Update Manager allows only live VIB installation on stateful ESXi hosts. Stateless ESXi (auto deploy) hosts are prevented from installing live VIBs.
To configure VMware Update Manager to apply live VIBs to stateless hosts, use one of these methods.

Method 1
  1. Log in to vCenter Server using the vSphere Client.
  2. Click Home.
  3. Click Update Manager under Solutions and Applications.
  4. Click the Configuration tab.
  5. Under Settings, click ESX Host/Cluster Settings.
  6. Select the Allow installation of additional software on PXE booted ESXi 5.x hosts option.
Method 2
  1. Log in to vCenter Server using the vSphere Client.
  2. Select the ESX host and click the Update Manager tab.
  3. Click Remediate.
  4. Navigate to the Host Remediation Options page.
  5. Select the Enable patch remediation of powered on PXE booted ESXi hosts option.

VMware recommends that you update the image profile of a stateless ESXi host after applying a live VIB installation. If you do not update the image profile, the VIB is not installed after the ESX host reboot.

Additional Information

For doing non-live async VIB installs, see Installing async drivers on ESXi 5.0 (2005205)
How to download and install async drivers in ESXi 5.x/6.x
Instalación dinámica de VIB en los hosts ESXi 5.0
ESXi 5.0 ホストのライブ VIB インストール
在 ESXi 5.0 主机中实时安装 VIB