When you create an image profile and exit the PowerCLI session, the image profile is no longer available when you start a new session. You can export the image profile to a ZIP file software depot, and add that depot in the next session.

Install the VMware PowerCLI and all prerequisite software. See Install Image Builder PowerCLI and Prerequisite Software.

If you encounter problems running PowerCLI cmdlets, consider changing the execution policy. See Using Image Builder Cmdlets.


In a PowerCLI session, create an image profile, for example by cloning an existing image profile and adding a VIB.


Before you exit the session, export the image profile to a ZIP file by calling Export-EsxImageProfile with the ExportToBundle parameter.

Export-EsxImageProfile -ImageProfile "my_profile" -ExportToBundle -FilePath "C:\isos\temp-base-plus-vib25.zip"


Exit the PowerCLI session.


When you start a new PowerCLI session, you can add the depot to access your image profile.

Add-EsxSoftwareDepot "C:\isos\temp-base-plus-vib25.zip"