If an offline depot is located on your local file system, you can import the ZIP file to the vSphere ESXi Image Builder inventory by using the vSphere Web Client.

Verify that the vSphere ESXi Image Builder service is enabled and running. See Configure the vSphere ESXi Image Builder Service Startup Type.

1

On the vSphere Web Client Home page, click Auto Deploy.

By default, only the Administrator role has privileges to use the vSphere ESXi Image Builder service.

2

On the Software Depots tab, click the Import Software Depot icon.

3

Enter the name of the software depot in the inventory.

4

Click Browse and select a ZIP file from the local system, that contains the software depot you want to import.

5

Click Upload.

You can associate an image profile with a new vSphere Auto Deploy rule to provision ESXi hosts. See Create a Deploy Rule or Clone a Deploy Rule.

You can associate an image profile with an ESXi host. See Add a Host to the vSphere Auto Deploy Inventory.

Edit the Image Profile Association of a Host.