Create an ESXi ISO that contains all Patches

VMware does only provide installable ISO files for updates (Bold entries of my ESXi Build List), not for patches. This post explains how you can quickly create an installable that contains all patches.


Download and Prerequisites

Download and Install PowerCLI
My VMware > Downloads > All Products > VMware vSphere > Drivers & Tools > Automation Tools and SDKs > vSphere PowerCLI 5.8 Release 1

Download the latest ESXi Patch
Open VMware Patches Portal
Select ESXi Version 5.5.0 and press Search
Download the latest patch. The latest patch is always the first in the list. All patches are cumulative, each patch bundle contains all the updates from prior patches.

Copy the latest patch to a temp directory (c:\tmp)


Build ESXi Image

Open VMware vSphere PowerCLI

Add the Software Depot

PowerCLI C:\> cd c:\tmp
PowerCLI C:\tmp> Add-EsxSoftwareDepot

Depot Url


Determine the profile name (ESXi-5.5.0-20141204001-standard in that case)

PowerCLI C:\tmp> Get-EsxImageProfile |ft -AutoSize

Name Vendor Last Modified Acceptance Level
---- ------ ------------- ----------------
ESXi-5.5.0-20141204001-standard VMware, Inc. 21.11.2014 00:14:06 PartnerSupported
ESXi-5.5.0-20141204001-no-tools VMware, Inc. 21.11.2014 00:14:06 PartnerSupported


Create the ISO File

PowerCLI C:\tmp> Export-EsxImageProfile -ImageProfile ESXi-5.5.0-20141204001-standard -ExportToISO -FilePath ESXi-5.5.0-20141204001.iso



The ISO file can be used in the same way as original ISO files.

Command List

Get-EsxImageProfile |ft -AutoSize
Export-EsxImageProfile –ImageProfile ESXi-5.5.0-20141204001-standard –ExportToISO –FilePath ESXi-5.5.0-20141204001.iso
  1. Thanks for this!

  2. Matroa Domingues

    You're helping friends from Brazil with this post. Thank you very much for share knowledge. :grin: :grin: :grin:

  3. Thanks for your guide!

    BTW, if you're using vCenter Server, there is a GUI method with a Fling called AutoDeploy GUI

  4. Entering the Virtualization World | Daniel C Berman - pingback on June 26, 2015 at 4:11 am
  5. This is like life saver article. Many thanks

  6. for HPE custom image?

  7. Is this usable for HPE Custom Image?

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