In a high latency, low bandwidth ROBO deployment scenario, how can a customer optimize their ESXi image for deployment so that the remote site will not suffer due to VIB deployment, function independently and allow for unreliable connectivity?
1. On a vanilla ESX image, run "esxcli software vib list" to get the baseline of included vibs.
2. On one of their prod ESX images (clustered, updated, drivers, everything to match what a prod host will look like at the remote site), run "esxcli software vib list" to get all the vibs they'll need.
3. Use ESXi image builder to create the software depot you need and they can export an iso to boostrap any remote hosts.
Installing patches on an ESXi 5.x host from the command line