Export-EsxImageProfile

Exports an Image Profile object as either an ESXi ISO image that can be booted up and used as an ESXi installer, or an offline depot ZIP file that contains metadata plus the VIB packages. In both cases, downloads the VIB binaries and validates the VIB signatures. You can perform the following tasks with the offline depot ZIP file: *Import the ZIP into VMware Update Manager for patch remediation *Download the ZIP to an ESXi host and used with esxcli for installation *Re-import the ZIP into ImageBuilder itself using Add-EsxSoftwareDepot You can specify either -ExportToIso or -ExportToBundle but not both.

Syntax

[-FilePath]  <String>
-ExportToBundle
-ImageProfile  <ImageProfile>
[-Force]
[-NoSignatureCheck]
[-RunAsync]
[CommonParameters]

Parameters

Required Parameter Name Type Position Features Description
required
FilePath
String 1 Required; specifies the destination for the ISO or the ZIP file path. Include the extension, either .iso or .zip. Offline depots must be named with .zip at the end. If the file already exists, it will not be overwritten unless -Force is specified.
required
ExportToBundle
SwitchParameter named
required
ImageProfile
ImageProfile named
  • pipeline
  • (pipeline input, prompt) Specifies the image profile to export.Takes one of the following forms:*Name of an image profile, as displayed in the Name column of Get-EsxImageProfile, or the Name property of any ImageProfile object*ImageProfile object
    optional
    Force
    SwitchParameter named Optional. If specified, the cmdlet overwrites an existing destination file with the same name.
    optional
    NoSignatureCheck
    SwitchParameter named Optional. If specified, disables VIB signature validation. The use of this option may lead to debilitating security vulnerabilities.
    optional
    RunAsync
    SwitchParameter named

    [-FilePath]  <String>
    -ExportToIso
    -ImageProfile  <ImageProfile>
    [-Force]
    [-NoSignatureCheck]
    [-RunAsync]
    [CommonParameters]

    Parameters

    Required Parameter Name Type Position Features Description
    required
    FilePath
    String 1 Required; specifies the destination for the ISO or the ZIP file path. Include the extension, either .iso or .zip. Offline depots must be named with .zip at the end. If the file already exists, it will not be overwritten unless -Force is specified.
    required
    ExportToIso
    SwitchParameter named
    required
    ImageProfile
    ImageProfile named
  • pipeline
  • (pipeline input, prompt) Specifies the image profile to export.Takes one of the following forms:*Name of an image profile, as displayed in the Name column of Get-EsxImageProfile, or the Name property of any ImageProfile object*ImageProfile object
    optional
    Force
    SwitchParameter named Optional. If specified, the cmdlet overwrites an existing destination file with the same name.
    optional
    NoSignatureCheck
    SwitchParameter named Optional. If specified, disables VIB signature validation. The use of this option may lead to debilitating security vulnerabilities.
    optional
    RunAsync
    SwitchParameter named

    Output

    Examples


    Example 1

    Export-EsxImageProfile -ImageProfile "Evan's Profile" -ExportToIso -FilePath c:\isos\evans-iso.iso

    Export an ISO image

    Example 2

    New-EsxImageProfile -CloneProfile "ESXi-5.0.0-234567-standard" -Name "Evan's Profile"
    Add-EsxSoftwarePackage -ImageProfile "Evan's Profile" -SoftwarePackage cisco-vem-v140
    Export-EsxImageProfile -ImageProfile "Evan's Profile" -ExportToBundle -FilePath c:\isos\base-plus-vem.zip

    Clone an image profile, add a software package, then export to offline bundle.

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