How to Download VMware Offline Bundle and Install It on Your ESXi Hosts
VMware offline bundle is a zip file that contains the VIB (vSphere Installation Bundle) files for installing or updating ESXi hosts. It is useful when you want to install or update ESXi hosts without internet connectivity or with limited bandwidth. You can download the VMware offline bundle from the VMware Customer Connect website and then use the esxcli command-line tool or the vSphere Update Manager to install it on your ESXi hosts.
In this article, we will show you how to download VMware offline bundle and install it on your ESXi hosts using the esxcli command-line tool. You will need a VMware account, a computer with internet access, and an ESXi host with SSH enabled.
Step 1: Download VMware Offline Bundle
To download VMware offline bundle, you need to visit the VMware Customer Connect website and log in with your VMware account. You can then browse the product range for VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) and select the version that you want to download. You can also use the search box to find the product by name or keyword.
On the product page, you will see a list of files that you can download for your selected version. You need to look for the file that has \"Offline Bundle\" in its name and has a zip file type. For example, for vSphere 7.0 Update 2a, the file name is \"VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) Offline Bundle.zip\" and the file size is 372.47 MB.
You can click on the Download Now button next to the file name to start downloading the VMware offline bundle. You can also click on the Read More link to see more details about the file, such as its release date, checksums, and documentation.
Depending on your internet speed and browser settings, the download may take some time to complete. You can monitor the progress of the download on your browser or download manager. You should save the downloaded file in a location that you can easily access later.
Step 2: Install VMware Offline Bundle
Once you have downloaded the VMware offline bundle, you can install it on your ESXi hosts using the esxcli command-line tool. You will need to copy the zip file to a datastore that is accessible by your ESXi hosts, such as a local datastore or a shared datastore.
You can use any method that you prefer to copy the zip file to the datastore, such as SCP, FTP, or vSphere Client. For example, if you use SCP, you can use a command like this:
You will need to replace the file name and datastore name with your own values. You will also need to enter yes when asked to confirm the installation.
The installation process may take several minutes, depending on your system configuration and network speed. You can monitor the progress of the installation on the screen.
Step 3: Reboot Your ESXi Host
When the installation is complete, you will see a message that says \"The update completed successfully, but the system needs to be rebooted for changes to be effective.\" You will need to reboot your ESXi host for the changes to take effect.
You can use any method that you prefer to reboot your ESXi host, such as esxcli, vSphere Client, or vCenter Server. For example, if you use esxcli, you can use a command like this: