New Fling: VIB Author by VMware Labs

VMware Labs released a new Fling called VIB Author. The download is available as RPM package and the total size is about 1GB. The RPM package can be installed on SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 SP2.

Quote taken from the Fling page:

The VIB Author tool allows ESXi administrator to create custom VIBs at the Community Supported level. VIB stands for vSphere Installation Bundle and is a way of packaging programs that run on ESXi hosts. The custom VIBs can then be used in house, or made available to a wider audience.

Key Features

  • Create VIBs using custom VIB descriptor files and custom payload files
  • Sign and verify a VIB
  • Extract and display VIB information
  • Publish the VIB as an offline depot ZIP file

Extra information

VIB Author is Community Supported, meaning that the VIB has not gone through testing and approval by VMware or by VMware partners and, as such, may cause performance or stability problems and have security vulnerabilities.

There is also a PDF which contains information on customizing VIBs with VIB Author.

Niels Engelen
Working as a pre-sales with an interest for anything virtual and cloud. Certified as a VMware Certified Professional 4 and 5. Niels also gained the VMware vExpert award (2012-2016) and is an ex-PernixPro.