You can create a custom image by cloning and editing an image profile. You can add or replace one or more VIBs in the existing profile. If adding or replacing VIBs would make the image profile inconsistent, an error results.

Before you use the cmdlets in this workflow, make sure your environment meets the following requirements.

VMware PowerCLI and prerequisite is software installed. See Install Image Builder PowerCLI and Prerequisite Software.

You have access to a depot that includes a base image and one or more VIBs. VMware and VMware partners make public depots, accessible by a URL, available. VMware or VMware partners can create a ZIP file that you can download to your local environment and access by using a file path.

1

At the PowerShell prompt, add the depot that contains the image profile that you want to edit to the current session.

For remote depots, run Add-EsxSoftwareDepot -DepotUrl depot_url.

For an offline depot ZIP file, you must download the ZIP file first.

a

Download the ZIP file to a local file path.

b

Run Add-EsxSoftwareDepot -DepotUrl C:\file_path\offline-bundle.zip

2

Pipe the image profile you intend to edit to format-list to see detailed information. In this example, the image profile created in Creating Image Profiles from Scratch Workflow contains only the base image. A newly created image profile is not included in the depot. Instead, you access the image profile by name or by binding it to a variable.

Get-EsxImageProfile "Test #2" | format-list

PowerShell returns the formatted information.


Name            : Test #2
Vendor 	      : Vendor42
...
VibList	      : {esx-base 5.0.0.-...,}

3

(Optional) If you are adding a VIB with a lower acceptance level than the image profile's level, change the acceptance level of the image profile.

Set-EsxImageProfile -ImageProfile "Test #2" -AcceptanceLevel VMwareAccepted

PowerShell returns the information about the changed profile in tabular format.


Name           Vendor           Last Modified       Acceptance Level
----           ------           -------------       ----------------
Test #2        Vendor42         9/22/2010 12:05:... VMwareAccepted

4

Add a software package (VIB) to the image profile. You can add the package by name.

Add-EsxSoftwarePackage -ImageProfile "Test #2" -SoftwarePackage NewPack3

PowerShell returns the information about the image profile in tabular format.


Name           Vendor           Last Modified       Acceptance Level
----           ------           -------------       ----------------
Test #2        Vendor42         9/22/2010 12:05:... VMwareAccepted

5

Display the image profile again.

Get-EsxImageProfile "Test #2" | format-list

The VIB list is updated to include the new software package and the information is displayed.


Name            : Test #2
Vendor 	      : Vendor42
...
VibList	      : {esx-base 5.0.0.-..., NewPack3}

This cmdlet sequence repeats the steps of the workflow but passes parameters as objects, accessed by position in a variable, instead of passing parameters by name. You can run the following cmdlets in sequence from the PowerCLI prompt.

Add-EsxSoftwareDepot -DepotUrl depot_url
$ip2 = Get-EsxImageProfile -name "Test #2"
$ip2 | format-list
Set-EsxImageProfile -ImageProfile $ip2 -AcceptanceLevel VMwareAccepted
Add-EsxImageSoftwarePackage -ImageProfile $ip2 -SoftwarePackage NewPack3
$ip2 | format-list