How to use vSphere Image Builder to create a custom ISO

With the release of vSphere 5 VMware included the ability to roll your own ISO files to include 3rd party drives and CIM providers. This is handy if you have a build that requires drivers that are not available in the base VMware ISO’s or your manufacturers custom ISO’s.

So why might you need this information. Well I know this task is on the study list for many people, I’ve also been asked by some team members over time about how to make a custom ISO with drivers added in.

In this how to guide I’m using the downloadable offline bundle that you can grab from VMware. It is possible to grab the packages with an HTTP address also. But I like to have it local so I can use when needed.

Step 1:

Open PowerCLI window and type the following command.  This will load up the offline bundle that we want to use. I have already place the ESXi offline bundle in a folder called Image on c:

Add-EsxSoftwareDepot c:imagename_of_file.zip

 add depot

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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