ESXCLI Basics: Installing a custom CIM provider on ESXi 5.x

A quick blog post on how to install a custom CIM provider on an ESXi 5.x host.

Command reference can be found here.

In this example I will use an Emulex vib CIM provider for ESXi which is necessary if you using Emulex OneCommand vCenter plug-in in your environment.

Install custom CIM provider

  1. First, enable SSH on the host.
  2. Upload the vib to the tmp directory on the ESXi host.
  3. Login to host via SSH and execute the following command: # esxcli software vib install –v /tmp/Emulex-Corporation_bootbank_emulex-cim-provider_3.6.12.1-01.vib --no-sig-check
  4. Reboot the host.

Done! 🙂


– Marek.Z

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