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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.

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