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This is a modernized version of the "Single use vihostupdate How To for ESXi 4.x, which was a modernized version of the "Single use ESXUPDATE How To for ESX 4"  post I wrote a long time ago. With vSphere 5, vihostupdate and esxupdate are not applicable for ESXi 5. We instead will need to use the esxcli command to apply the updates to our ESXi 5 hosts.


01: Make sure you have the vMA 5.0 or the vCLI installed and configured or that you have ESXi Shell access on the ESXi 5 host.


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


03: Upload the .zip file to a datastore that is accessible on the ESXi host you wish to update. The syntax below will use /vmfs/volumes/datastore1, and you may need to adjust as necessary. Note that the .zip file is uploaded to the ESXi host.


Note:  In the examples below, the syntax is specific for the vMA. Adjust accordingly, if you are using another approach.

04: Obtain local console access to the vMA and login with the vi-admin account.


05. To determine if the host needs to be placed in maintenance mode, issue the following command:


esxcli --server= --username=root software sources vib get -d /vmfs/volumes/datastore1/ | grep "Maintenance Mode Required: True"


06.  If grep returns "Maintenance Mode Required: True" results, then issue the following command to place the host in maintenance mode:


vicfg-hostops --server --operation enter


07. Verify that the host is in maintenance mode, by issuing the following command:


vicfg-hostops --server= --operation info


Note: You could also use the vSphere Client to put the ESXi 5 host in maintenance mode.


08. To verify which VIBs are already installed on the ESXi 5 host, issue the following command:


esxcli --server= --username=root software vib list | more


09. To find out which VIBs are available in the depot (the downloaded .zip file), issue the following command:


esxcli --server= --username=root software sources vib list --depot=/vmfs/volumes/datastore1/ | more


10. To update the ESXi 5 host with the VIBs included in the depot, issue the following command:


esxcli --server= --username=root software vib update --depot=/vmfs/volumes/datastore1/


11. When the update is complete, verify the information presented. If prompted, reboot the ESXi 5 host by issuing the following command:


vicfg-hostops --server --operation reboot


12. Verify the patch bundle was installed, by issuing the following command:


esxcli --server= --username=root software vib list | more


13. If applicable, take the ESXi 5 host out of maintenance mode using the vSphere Client or with the following command:


vicfg-hostops --server --operation exit


As always, thanks for reading!

This question of what happened to the vCenter Converter plug-in has been coming up a lot lately in the communities, and here are some official/unofficial references about what happened.


(1) The vSphere 4.1 release notes from July 13, 2010 announced that "VMware vSphere 4.1 and its  subsequent update and patch releases are the last releases for the  VMware vCenter Converter plug-in for vSphere Client. VMware will  continue to update and support the free Converter Standalone product,  which enables conversions from sources such as physical machines, VMware  and Microsoft virtual machine formats, and certain third-party disk  image formats."


(2) A discussion showed up from in the Converter forum stating the following:

"With the release of vSphere 5.0,  we will no longer provide vCenter Converter Integrated however, vCenter  Converter Standalone will continue to be available as a stand-alone,  public software binary. We will continue to provide support for vCenter  Converter Integrated on the existing vSphere platforms per the VMware support policy and we will continue to provide vCenter Converter Standalone as a free  download. You can find out more about vCenter Converter Standalone here:


Best regards,
VMware Product Management"


(3) The vCenter Server Installer application does not list the vCenter Converter plug-in, and the media does not contain it.


The standalone version of Converter 5.0 was released on September 8, 2011 and may be downloaded at


Thanks for reading,