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Upgrading to ESXi 5.x reports the warning: Host contains third-party VIB(s) (2009014)

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When upgrading to ESXi 5.x from an earlier version, you see a warning message similar to:
Custom VIBs Warning

Your system encountered following warnings during prechecks.

3RD_PARTY_SOFTWARE WARNING: Host contains third-party VIB(s) that have no substitute on the ISO.


This issue occurs if your system has custom VIBs that are not available in the ISO.

This warning is reported when the installation process finds VIB (VMware Installation Bundle) software and driver packages on your system that are not available and not supported with ESXi 5.x.


To resolve this issue, before proceeding with the upgrade, ensure that the particular make and model of the server is listed as supported in the VMware Compatibility Guide for ESXi 5.x. Also ensure that it includes a local disk where the ESXi 5.x would reside.

However, you can safely ignore this warning message and proceed with the upgrade.
To proceed with the upgrade:
  1. Choose Continue in the warning message screen.
  2. Select the Force Migrate option to proceed with the upgrade.

Note: You can also use ImageBuilder to create an ISO with VIBs that replace your custom VIBs or you can skip this warning with using the --forcemigrate command.

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