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How to determine difference in patches for ESXi 6.5 u2 and u3

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I started writing this up as a question about putting ESXi at 6.5 u3 while vCenter Server remains at 6.5 u2, however it gave me a realization that has led to a follow-up question.

I then answered that question as I was writing it up, and I have another. *sigh*.

How do I (easily) have Patch Manager download the updates for an ESXi baseline to only include 6.5 u2 patches, and not u3 patches. When on 6.0, I recall applying some patches one day and was surprised to see I had gone from u1 to u2 by virtue of the patches I applied. The numbering/labeling schema of the ESXi updates don't easily/obviously (AFAI can tell) reference whether the patch is for a u2 or u3 release of 6.5.

Any recommendations on 'bypassing' the u3 updates for ESXi would be wonderful - my NSX is still on 6.3.x which isn't supported with 6.5 u3 vCenter/ESXi.

Thank you for that link, it was ultimately the tool I needed to know how far I can patch the hosts on 6.5 without going too far.

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berndweyand
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here is an overview where you can see what parts are updated:

https://esxi-patches.v-front.de/vm-6.5.0.html

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berndweyand
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here is an overview where you can see what parts are updated:

https://esxi-patches.v-front.de/vm-6.5.0.html

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scott28tt
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Moderator: Moved to Update Manager

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Rajhere
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hey, you can also create a manual baseline with 6.5U2 and then remediate that baseline.