Upgrading to ESXi 7.0 – The upgrade has VIBS that are missing dependencies

I was upgrading a cluster with HPE servers from ESXi 6.7 to ESXi 7.0 and one host was complaining about missing VIB dependencies – “The upgrade has VIBS that are missing dependencies”. That’s normal when you upgrade ESXi hosts and you have installed 3rd party tools and drivers. I encountered similar issues while upgrading my home lab (blog post about it). The easy fix for that is to remove those vibs. In this case what threw me off was that the vibs reported to have missing dependencies were – dell-configuration-vib and dellemc_osname_idrac.

Since it was an HPE server the Dell vibs made no sense. I was not able to remove them as they did not appear in the list when I listed installed VIBs and the remove command also failed.

What had happened with this server is that I had mistakenly installed this server using custom ISO for Dell servers and not the custom ISO for HPE servers.

To fix the issue I’m going to be performing a clean installation of ESXi 7.0 using custom HPE ISO this time.