ESXi – Update.

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September 6, 2016 by aubreykloppers

To update your ESXi host, in my case 6.0, to a new patch level is quite easy if you know what you are doing.  The following outline the steps:

  • Upload your patch in zip format to the host using the STORAGE Browser.
  • Shut down all your VM’s running on the host.
  • Log into your host using SSH.
  • Put your host in maintenance mode using the ESXi vSphere Client or the command-line with: vim-cmd hostsvc/maintenance_mode_enter
  • Install the patch: esxcli software vib install -d “/vmfs/volumes/<VOL>/update-from-esxi6.0-6.0_update02.zip”
  • Reboot the host.
  • Once the system is back-up, take the system out of maintenance mode using the ESXi vSphere Client or the command-line with: vim-cmd hostsvc/maintenance_mode_exit

That’s it!

 

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