Manually Updating ESXi 5.0 Hosts

This post would be compact/small version of new page ”ESXi 5.0 – Manual Update Guide” which showing all steps I toke to update one of my “VMware ESXi 5.0” hosts.

First of all, you need to download and save patches from VMware Site to the datastore which is accessible by target host; in this case if you want to update multiple hosts, you can save the patches to shared storage like I saved them to my NFS.

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After saving patches and testing the path from VMware ESXi, now put the target host under the maintenance mode and then use following command to check the patch file for any available profiles, , where “-d” would be used for addressing the patch file

esxcli software sources profile list -d [PATCH_FILE_ADDRESS]

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After finding proper profile use following command to install that patch, where “-d” would be used for addressing the patch file and the “-p” would be used for selecting the profile available in that patch file

esxcli software profile update -d [PATCH_FILE_ADDRESS] -p [PROFILE_NAME]

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In some cases, applied patches require host to be rebooted

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After rebooting, you would have updated host(s)  😉

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