Patch a VMware ESXI host with the ESXCLI command and choose the right image profile

When installing a patch on a VMware ESXi host using the ESXCLI command you need to specify the image profile that is available in the ESXi patch.

Here are the steps for patching a VMware ESXi host with the correct image profile:

  • Go to the Customer Connect Patch Downloads page.
  • Download the patch needed, In this example, I use ESXi patch
  • Upload the patch to a datastore
  • Make a SSH connection to the ESXi host
  • Place the host in maintenance mode
esxcli system maintenanceMode set –enable-true
  • Now you need to know which image profiles are available in the VMware ESXi patch. To do this use the following command (replace the <datastore> with your datastore):
esxcli software sources profile list -d /vmfs/volumes/<datastore>/iso/
  • The following profiles are listed. As you can see the image profile contains 4 image profiles:

  • Here is a table with so, 0, standard, and no-tools means:
Option Details
standard With VMware Tools included
no-tools Without VMware Tools
so Security updates only image
o Security and Bugfix update image
  • To install the ESXi with security and bugfix updates without VMware Tools use the following command (replace the <datastore> with your datastore):
esxcli software profile update -d /vmfs/volumes/<datastore>/ -p ESXi-7.0U3o-22348816-no-tools
  • Reboot the host
esxcli system shutdown reboot -r "Patch ESXi 7.0U3"
  • When the host is back, exit maintenance mode,  make a SSH connection to the ESXi host
esxcli system maintenanceMode set --enable false

With this procedure, you can specify the right image profile when manually patching an ESXi host.

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VMware Downloads

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VMware Product Downloads All VMware product downloads.
VMware Patches VMware patches
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VMware Tools releases All VMware tools release
VMware Flings Unofficial apps built by VMware employees to enhance VMware products

Technical Reference

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Product Documentation VMware Product documentation
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Community Forums Community Forums
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VMware Developer Integrate with VMware APIs to build on top of VMware products, manage our portfolio and automate your infrastructure.
VMware GitHub VMware GitHub page

Compatibility checks

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Compatibility Guides VMware Hardware Compatability Guides (HCL)
Interoperability matrix Product Interoperability matrix


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VMware Learning VMware learning site
VMware Hands-on Learning & Trials VMware Hands-on Learning & Trials


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VMware Security Advisories VMware Security Advisories document remediation for security vulnerabilities that are reported in VMware products.
VMware Security Hardening Guides Security Hardening Guides provide prescriptive guidance for customers on how to deploy and operate VMware products in a secure manner.

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The latest technology news week 32-2023

The latest weekly technology news from Microsoft, VMware, and other partners with a focus on End User Computing (EUC).

Microsoft Azure

  • Generally available: Azure Blob Storage Cold Tier. Link
  • Public preview: Azure Storage Mover support for SMB and Azure Files. Link
  • Subscribe to the Azure Stack HCI Newsletter. Link
  • Azure managed disk types overview. Link
  • Azure Bastion. One does (still) not simply walk into my VNet!. Link

Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) / VDI

  • Configure autoscaling for personal AVD host pools automated. Link
  • Onboard and configure Defender for Endpoint for non-persistent VDI environments. Link
  • The Az.Avd #powershell module is updated to version 3.1.0. Added personal Avd scaling plan commands. Link

Windows 365

  • Windows 365 Switch now available in public preview. Link
  • Join the EMEA (Europe, Middle-East, and Africa) Windows 365 User Group. Link
  • Join the USA / United States and Latin Americas Windows 365 User Group. Link


  • Microsoft August 2023 Patch Tuesday warns of 2 zero-days, 87 flaws. Links
  • Windows 11 KB5029263 cumulative update released with 27 fixes. Link


  • Intune 2307 adds the capability to uninstall apps. Link

Infrastructure as Code (IaC)

  • Updating your PowerShell modules to the latest version plus cleaning up older versions. Link
  • What’s New in vSphere Automation: Infrastructure as Code. Link
  • What’s New in vSphere Automation: Power Actions. Link
  • Automate Nvidia vGPU Driver Upgrade using Powershell for VMware Horizon. Link
  • PowerCLI Community Repository. Link
  • GO-EUC Lab files. Link
  • TFTUI – The Terraform textual UI. Link
  • Streamlining Software Deployments with Intune Win32 Apps, Winget & PowerShell!. Link


  • See the IaC section for updates.


  • None