A third-party extension is designed to be incorporated into ESX/ESXi in order to enhance, or extend, the functions of ESX/ESXi. For example, an extension might be a VMkernel module, a driver, or a CIM provider.

VMware provides the following tools for installing, removing, and updating extensions to ESX/ESXi hosts:

vCenter Update Manager

For ESX and ESXi, automates patching and updating of extensions. See the vCenter Update Manager Administration Guide.


A vSphere CLI command for ESX and ESXi.


Command-line utility for ESX only. See the Patch Management Guide.