rschmid
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Update single host to latest patchlevel from the command line without VUM

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Hello,

I need to patch a single ESXi 5.5.0 GA host to its latest patchlevel from the command line.

(I have no VUM avaiable)

below is shown the actual patchlevel:

vmware -l

VMware ESXi 5.5.0 GA

vmware -v

VMware ESXi 5.5.0 build-1331820

I am not sure which file to download from vmware.com

Kind regards,

Roland

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MKguy
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To update to the latest 5.5 image profile directly from the VMware online repository (requires internet access for the host) do this:

# esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpClient

# esxcli software profile update -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml -p ESXi-5.5.0-20151004001-standard

If your ESXi host does not have direct internet access, then download the ESXi 5.5 Update 3a Offline Bundle from here and upload it to the host:

https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/details?downloadGroup=ESXI55U3&productId=353&rPId=9553

Then apply the update with:

# esxcli software vib update -d "/full/path/to/offline/bundle.zip"

Also see:

VMware KB: Installing patches on an ESXi 5.x/6.x host from the command line

Both methods will update every ESXi package on host to the latest version.

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SavkoorSuhas
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Are you looking for a specific patch or an update. If it is update, then you can download 5.5 u3a. If it's a specific patch you are looking for then you will have to download it manually from

Download

You can find it out by release date.

VMware KB: Correlating VMware product build numbers to update levels

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MKguy
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To update to the latest 5.5 image profile directly from the VMware online repository (requires internet access for the host) do this:

# esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpClient

# esxcli software profile update -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml -p ESXi-5.5.0-20151004001-standard

If your ESXi host does not have direct internet access, then download the ESXi 5.5 Update 3a Offline Bundle from here and upload it to the host:

https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/details?downloadGroup=ESXI55U3&productId=353&rPId=9553

Then apply the update with:

# esxcli software vib update -d "/full/path/to/offline/bundle.zip"

Also see:

VMware KB: Installing patches on an ESXi 5.x/6.x host from the command line

Both methods will update every ESXi package on host to the latest version.

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rschmid
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Hi,

thank you for the answers.

Shall I backup my VMs before installing patches?

Kind regards,

Roland

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krish290785
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Shouldn't be required. If the upgrade fails, You can force the esxi to recovery mode and select to boot from alternate bootbank, which would help to resume the services quickly without having much impact.

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