Remove a installed vib Package from a ESX5i host

With the vCenter Update Manager you cannot remove installed packages. For ESX5i one option is to use a few commandline steps in the local ESX shell.

  • Logon to ESX Host with SSH
  • query the package name:

esxcli software vib list |grep -i emc

  • remove the package

esxcli software vib remove -n EMCNasPlugin query_and_remove_vib-300x45

  • put the host in maintenance mode

vim-cmd hostsvc/maintenance_mode_enter set_and_query_maintenance_mode

  • reboot the host


  • run Scan for Updates on this Host in Vcenter to update the Status inside the Update Manager
  • Disable the Maintenance Mode for that Host