New-EsxImageProfile cmdlet fails to create image profile because of missing components
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New-EsxImageProfile cmdlet fails to create image profile because of missing components


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VMware vSphere ESXi


This KB article's purpose is to document a change in behaviour of the VMware.ImageBuilder module of PowerCLI with respect to creating image profiles with the New-EsxImageProfile cmdlet.


Invoking VMware.ImageBuilder's New-EsxImageProfile cmdlet results in errors containing "Profile <profile-name> is missing component(s)...".


VMware vSphere PowerCLI 13.2


The difference in behaviour is caused by changes which enforce the presence of a set of core components in an image profile. This is done to ensure image integrity and there are no workarounds.


There is no direct resolution to the issue, as this is the expected behaviour.

Please find below the script that provides sample logic that resolves a list of component names to the respective VIBs that they are comprised of. It assumes that a valid depot is provided and will report warnings if any of the requested components could not be resolved using the given depot. The resulting list of VIBs can then be provided in the -SoftwarePackage field of the New-EsxImageProfile cmdlet when creating a new profile.

# This is a script which receives a depot and a list of component names and
# resolves them into the individual VIB names, those components are comprised of.
# This script assumes that you have setup the VMware.ImageBuilder PowerCLI module
# properly.

 # List of depots (offline/online) containing the components/VIBs.

 # List of component names that need to be resolved.

Import-Module VMware.ImageBuilder

# Sanitize requested components.
$components = $components | Sort-Object | Get-Unique

$reqCompStr = $components -Join ", "
Write-Host "Request to resolve the following components: $reqCompStr"

Write-Host "Adding ESXi depot '$depot'..."
Add-EsxSoftwareDepot $depot

$vibIds = @()
$unresolvedComps = @()
Write-Host "Resolving components..."
$depotComponents = Get-DepotComponents -Depot $depot
foreach ($compName in $components) {
   $compId = $null

   Write-Host "Resolving component '$compName'..."
   foreach ($comp in $depotComponents) {
      if ($comp.Name -eq $compName) {
         $compId = $comp.Id

   if ($compId -eq $null) {
      Write-Warning "Component '$compName' not found!"
  $unresolvedComps += $compName

   $compVibs = (Get-DepotComponents -Depot $depot -Id $compId).VibIds
 $vibStr = $compVibs -Join ", "
   Write-Host "VIBs part of component '$compName': $vibStr"
   $vibIds += $compVibs

# Resolve VIB IDs to VIB names.
$vibNames = @()
$allVibs = Get-EsxSoftwarePackage
foreach ($id in $vibIds) {
   $vibNames += ($allVibs | Where {$_.Guid -eq $id}).Name

if ($unresolvedComps.Count -gt 0) {
   $unresolvedCompsStr = $unresolvedComps -Join ", "
   Write-Warning "Failed to resolve components: $unresolvedCompsStr"

$vibNames = $vibNames | Sort-Object | Get-Unique
$vibsStr = $vibNames -join ", "
Write-Host "Resolved components' VIBs: $vibsStr"