Upgrade Install of ESXi 5.0 Update 1

I wrote some steps on this in a previous post.  I am back again to take you for my ride in upgrading to update 1 for ESXi 5.

Direct download update link:

Once you have the upgrade zip, you will wan to SCP this over to the ESXi 5 server.
I use my datastore as it has the most space aviable.
Issue the following command:
esxcli software vib update –depot=/vmfs/volumes/datastore1/…  *path to zip file*
This may take a few minues to return some results.
When it does you will know and it may look something like this:
Reboot you server (just type reboot)
That’s it, you are done.

Unsupported Console and SSH on ESXi 4

I haven done this in a long time and took a short while to remember.  So I said why not list the steps here

alt-f1 (Note:  you will not see your typing on this screen).
root pw (password)
vi /etc/inetd.conf
delete the “#” from ssh for the IPv4 and IPv6 (If your using it) restart

Quick ESXi iSCSI configuration

Here is a quick walkthrough on connecting your ESXi host to an iSCSI target.
[Start Now]
Connecting to our ESXi server with the vSphere client is go into the configuration tab then storage adapters. Now we need to enable the iSCSI software adapter and click configure.
After enabling the software adapter we need to point it at our iSCSI target. Go to the dynamic discovery tab and “click add”.
Enter the IP address of the SAN and use port 3260
Click close and you will be prompted to rescan for storage, click yes
Our iSCSI disk will now show up under the software adapter
Go to the storage section of the configuration and click “Add Storage”
Select Disk/LUN and click “Next” then select the new iSCSI target and click “Next” and Click “Next” again
Enter a datastore name and click “Next”
Click “Next” unless you want to adjust the block size
Click “Finish”
Now your new iSCSI datastore is ready to use

Updating ESXi 5 – How To

So you are running ESXi5 standalone in my house or your office.  You have a need up patch this baby for the latest in driver support for guest and perhaps for Runing Windows 8 on vSphere 5

Here are a few things you might want to know and do to make this happen


Make sure you have ESXi Shell access on the ESXi 5 host.

Download the patch bundle directly from VMware Support. This download will be .zip file.  Do not extract it.

Upload the .zip file to a datastore that is accessible on the ESXi host you wish to update

Note:  In the examples below… Adjust accordingly.

Obtain local console access or ssh in.

Place your hose in maintenance mode and shutdown / pause all of your guest systems

To update the ESXi 5 host with the VIBs included in the depot, issue the following command:  esxcli software vib update --depot=/vmfs/volumes/datastore1/somepath/

When the update is complete reboot the ESXi 5 host

I could have also included other steps like verification of what is installed before and after, but why?  You should know how to do that and well there is always Google.

As always, thank you for reading this and I hope this helps.

Useful Link:


Convert thick disks to thin provisioning | ESX

Got Space? I don’t

Seeing how it’s not possible to convert a VMWare Guest VM’s from ‘thick’ to ‘thin’. I will provide some simple info on how to clone the disk into a ‘thin’ disk. Once completed the original ‘thick’ disk can be deleted

# remote into your ESX Server
# service console can be used also
# change into your machine directory and type
vmkfstools -i <*thickDiskname.vmdk> -d thin <thintDiskname.vmdk>