VMWare ESXi update using SSH

Problem

You need to update your ESXi hosts to a new patch or update but there is no physical access

 

Solution

Place host into maintenance mode

Log into vmware portal and download the patch in zip format

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Upload to datastore, you can use the client

Enable SSH on the host (Configuration => Security Profile => Services => Properties => SSH => Options => Start

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Run SSH client and log in to the host

issue the following command, renaming the file to the one you downloaded

~ # esxcli software vib install -d /vmfs/volumes/datastore1/ESXi550-201510001.zip

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Once complete, reboot the host and wait … wait … wait for it to be done

Verify version change

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Platform

VMWare Esxi V5.5.0 U2
VMWare Esxi V5.5.0 U3a

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