How to patch ESXi 5.0

A short memo about patching ESXi 5.0 without Update Manager:

  1. Download VMWare patch, in my case I downloaded recently released Update 1 for ESXi 5.0:
    http://www.vmware.com/patchmgr/download.portal
  2. upload zip file to ESXi datastore
  3. check that ESXi shell and SSH access is running:
    – connect to ESXi with vSphere Client, then open Configuration tab, select Security Profile, open Properties
    – check that ESXi shell and SSH are running, if not then turn them on:
    esxi-services

  4. shutdown all VM’s
  5. use whatever ssh client you prefer to connect to ESXi host as root
  6. install patch with the esxcli (change path to the patch appropriately):
    esxcli software vib install --maintenance-mode --depot /vmfs/volumes/datastore2/ISO/VMWareUpdate1/update-from-esxi5.0-5.0_update01.zip
    

    Note that everything must be on the same line!

  7. reboot ESXi host

I had a severe network performance problems with base 5.0 release that installation of Update 1 fixed.

Posted on 22.03.2012, in Linux, PostgreSQL, etc. and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on How to patch ESXi 5.0.

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