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Installing async drivers in ESXi 5.x and 6.x using esxcli and async driver VIB file (2137854)

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To install async drivers using esxcli and the async driver VIB file:
  1. Extract the contents of the async driver zip file.
  2. Identify the offline-bundle.zip file(s).
  3. Extract the contents of the offline-bundle.zip file(s).
  4. Identify the async-driver.vib file(s).
  5. Log in to the ESXi host using the vSphere Client with administrator privileges, such as root.
  6. Using Datastore Browser, upload the async-driver.vib file(s) to an ESXi host’s datastore.
  7. Enter the host into maintenance mode.
  8. Log in as root to the ESXi console through SSH or iLO/DRAC.
  9. Run this command to install drivers from the VIB file:

    esxcli software vib install –v /path/async-driver.vib

    Note: This command requires an absolute path.

    For example:

    esxcli software vib install –v /vmfs/volumes/datastore/async-driver.vib

    Note: If hostd is not responding, try using localcli instead of esxcli.

    For example:

    localcli software vib install –v /vmfs/volumes/datastore/async-driver.vib

  10. Restart the ESXi host.
  11. To confirm if the VIB is installed successfully, run this command:

    esxcli software vib list | grep -i vib_name

  12. Exit maintenance mode.
Note: An ESXi host can be updated remotely using the esxcli utility, which is part of the vSphere CLI. For more information on using esxcli, see the vSphere Command-Line Interface Documentation.

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