VMWARE: [Errno 28] No space left on device on ESXi 6.7

When updating your ESXi host through esxcli to a newer version, in my ex. from u2 to u3, I got this error, when running this command;

esxcli software profile update -p ESXi-6.7.0-20191204001-standard -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml

And the error:

[Errno 28] No space left on device
vibs = VMware_locker_tools-light_11.0.1.14773994-15160134
Please refer to the log file for more details.

Various checks may show, that storage is not an issue, so I found two workarounds working:

  1. Set the system swap location:

2. Download the affected vib file manually and install:

cd /tmp

wget http://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/esx/vmw/vib20/tools-light/VMware_locker_tools-light_11.0.1.14773994-15160134.vib

esxcli software vib install -f -v /tmp/VMware_locker_tools-light_11.0.1.14773994-15160134.vib

After it’s installed, do the update at the top, of this article again, and it should work, given that you do NOT need space 🙂



  1. kjstech

    Genius! I was banging my head for over an hour working on this. I was totally mislead by the no space error when there was plenty of space!

    1. Martin (Post author)

      Thanks 🙂

  2. Andreas

    Awesome! Solution 2 did the trick for me!

    1. Martin (Post author)

      Glad to hear 🙂

  3. XStylus

    Solution 2 worked for me as well! Thank you!


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