After adding custom packages, you might decide to remove them. One way to remove custom packages is to use the vSphere CLI and the vihostupdate command.

Do not remove bulletins that are VMware patches or updates.

For detailed information about the vihostupdate command, see the VMware vSphere Command-Line Interface Installation and Reference Guide.

Before you remove a custom package, shut down or migrate running virtual machines off of the ESX/ESXi host.


Determine which bulletins are installed on your ESX/ESXi host. --server <server> --query

Note the bundle ID for the bundle to uninstall.


Run the vihostupdate command.

vihostupdate --server <server> --remove --bulletin <bulletin ID>

vihostupdate can remove only one bulletin at a time.

The specified custom package is removed.