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Soyoustart – How to upgrade VMware ESXi 5.5 to latest patch?

1) Download ESXi patch from VMware site:

https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/patch#search

2) Put your ESXi patch in your datastore (ex: datastore02)

3) SSH to ESXi and list profiles in our patch

~ # esxcli software sources profile list -d=[datastore02]/00-isos/ESXi550-201312001.zip
Name                              Vendor        Acceptance Level
--------------------------------  ------------  ----------------
ESXi-5.5.0-20131204001-no-tools   VMware, Inc.  PartnerSupported
ESXi-5.5.0-20131204001-standard   VMware, Inc.  PartnerSupported
ESXi-5.5.0-20131201001s-standard  VMware, Inc.  PartnerSupported
ESXi-5.5.0-20131201001s-no-tools  VMware, Inc.  PartnerSupported

4) Install your new profile

~ # esxcli software profile install -d=[datastore02]/00-isos/ESXi550-201312001.zip -p "ESXi-5.5.0-20131204001-standard" --ok-to-remove

5) Set your acceptance level to CommunitySupported

~ # esxcli software acceptance set --level=CommunitySupported

6) Install custom vib driver for our Intel NIC 82579V

~ # esxcli software vib install -v http://files.v-front.de/net-e1001e-1.0.0.x86_64.vib
Installation Result
Message: The update completed successfully, but the system needs to be rebooted for the changes to be effective.
Reboot Required: true
VIBs Installed: Chilly_bootbank_net-e1001e_1.0.0
VIBs Removed:
VIBs Skipped:

7) Reboot and cross your fingers

~ # reboot

8) Check if our build number has been upgraded!

~ # uname -a
VMkernel xxxx 5.5.0 #1 SMP Release build-1331820 Sep 18 2013 23:08:31 x86_64 GNU/Linux
~ # uname -a
VMkernel xxxx 5.5.0 #1 SMP Release build-1474528 Dec 11 2013 03:54:09 x86_64 GNU/Linux

Soyoustart – How to upgrade VMware ESXi 5.0 to ESXi 5.5? (Serie SYS)

Note: I’ve tested this procedure with just one server from serie SYS: SYS-E32-1

1) SSH to ESXi

2) List all profiles available from VMware depot site

~ # esxcli software sources profile list -d http://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml | grep 5.5
ESXi-5.5.0-20131201001s-standard  VMware, Inc.  PartnerSupported
ESXi-5.5.0-1331820-no-tools       VMware, Inc.  PartnerSupported
ESXi-5.5.0-20131204001-standard   VMware, Inc.  PartnerSupported
ESXi-5.5.0-1331820-standard       VMware, Inc.  PartnerSupported
ESXi-5.5.0-20131201001s-no-tools  VMware, Inc.  PartnerSupported
ESXi-5.5.0-20131204001-no-tools   VMware, Inc.  PartnerSupported

3) Install latest ESXi version from VMware depot site, ESXi-5.5.0-1331820-standard

esxcli software profile install -d http://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml -p ESXi-5.5.0-1331820-standard --ok-to-remove

4) Set your acceptance level to CommunitySupported

~ # esxcli software acceptance set --level=CommunitySupported

5) Install custom vib driver for our Intel NIC 82579V

esxcli software vib install -v http://files.v-front.de/net-e1001e-1.0.0.x86_64.vib

6) Reboot and cross your fingers

~ # reboot

6) If everything worked ok your new build should be 1331820

~ # uname -a
VMkernel xxxx 5.5.0 #1 SMP Release build-1331820 Sep 18 2013 23:08:31 x86_64 GNU/Linux