We have understood how to manually search and download the VMware ESX/ESXi patches from VMware patch download page from my previous post. This post is going to explain you how to manually install the patches on ESXi hosts using command line. This will be useful if you don’t have update manager in your environment and patching to the ESX/ESXi servers in your environment requires manual intervention. I am going to explain you step by step procedure including all the pre-requisites steps to install the patches on ESXi 5.1 hosts. Pre-requisites steps for installing ESXi patches 1. Download the patches applicable for our ESX/ESXi version manually.
I have manually downloaded 2 patches for my ESXi 5.1 host (ESXi501.zip & ESXi501.zip) 2. You can install patches using esxcli command by using SSH connection or via ESXi shell using remote console connections like ILO, DRAC. To enable SSH and ESXi Shell for your ESXi host, Take a look at my Blog post 3. Now the downloaded patches needs to be transferred to the datastore of ESX/ESXi hosts. This can be done either by directly uploading the patches via datastore browser or transfer the files via winscp.
VMware has just released Update 2 for vSphere 5.0 which contains a few minor new features and of course bug fixes to both ESXi 5.0 Update 2 and vCenter Server 5.0 Update 2. How to easily update your VMware Hypervisor to ESXi 6.0 Update 2. Download and apply the 6.0 Update 2 patch directly from the VMware Online Depot.