ksuchewie
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Verify updates are working

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I have 2 3.5 esx servers and 1 2.5 Virtual center.

Is there a way I can verify that updates are being automatically downloaded/installed to my esx servers? I was told that it was automatic by the company that installed it, but I would like to know how to check it for peace of mind.

Thanks!

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IB_IT
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pg 28 shows how to schedule remediation...that may be what you want. I personally don't automate this as I want to manually patch my hosts...

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IB_IT
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can you just run esxupdate query on the esx hosts and verify the installed bundles? It should provide esx patch numbers as well as install date.

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# esxupdate query

Installed software bundles:

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--- Install Date --- --- Summary ---

3.0.2-61618 22:27:18 01/25/08 3.0.2 Update 1 of VMware ESX Server

ESX-1002434 00:00:11 01/26/08 Update WebCenter to the one of VC202u1 .

ESX-1002429 00:00:50 01/26/08 Path failback issue with EMC iSCSI arr ay

ESX-1002435 00:01:27 01/26/08 Update VI client to the same as VC202u 1.

ESX-1002428 00:02:05 01/26/08 Qlogic firmware update.

ESX-1002965 00:02:44 01/26/08 Megaraid2 driver fix for UNISYS platfo rm

ESX-1002967 00:03:11 01/26/08 tzdata enhancement, with timezone upda te

ESX-1002970 00:03:46 01/26/08 Patches remote root exploit in OpenPeg as

ESX-1002971 00:04:19 01/26/08 Perl security update (RHSA-2007:0966-0 1)

ESX-1002974 00:04:51 01/26/08 I/O failures due to excessive reservat io

ESX-1002976 00:05:20 01/26/08 util-linux security update

ESX-1002427 00:05:50 01/26/08 Fix the firmware of bnx2 (BRCM 5709) d ri

ESX-1003175 00:06:13 01/26/08 Updated the ESX Update Utility

ESX-1003362 00:06:50 01/26/08 Security fix for aacraid driver vulner ab

ESX-1003364 00:07:25 01/26/08 Autostart for VM works intermittently

ESX-1003365 00:07:28 01/26/08 VM hangs on Harwich and Foxecove

ESX-1003374 00:07:53 01/26/08 Tools installer update to support RHEL 5.

ESX-1003179 00:08:25 01/26/08 Remote-console black-out resolved

ESX-1003366 00:09:03 01/26/08 H/W iSCSI: System PSOD

ESX-1003359 00:09:37 01/26/08 Samba security update

ESX-1003360 00:10:05 01/26/08 Python security update

ESX-1003514 18:44:28 01/26/08 tg3 driver updates

ESX-1003177 18:45:02 01/26/08 I/O timeouts on Sun x4200 servers

ESX-1003513 18:45:41 01/26/08 Fixed issue of vpxa crashing during re co

ESX-1003515 18:46:15 01/26/08 Fix for trunking VLANs with igb driver

3.5.0-64607 20:54:07 03/21/08 Full bundle of ESX 3.5.0-64607

ESX350-200802303-SG 20:54:09 03/21/08 util-linux security update

ESX350-200802304-SG 20:54:09 03/21/08 perl security update

ESX350-200802305-SG 20:54:09 03/21/08 openssl security update

ESX350-200802306-BG 20:54:09 03/21/08 tzdata update

ESX350-200802408-SG 20:54:10 03/21/08 Security Updates to the Python Package .

ESX350-200802415-SG 20:54:10 03/21/08 Security Update to Samba Packages.

ESX350-200803201-UG 20:54:10 03/21/08 Upgrade the Openwsman Protocol Adapter

ESX350-200803202-UG 20:54:11 03/21/08 Update to VMware-esx-tools, others

ESX350-200803203-UG 20:54:11 03/21/08 Update to VMware-cim-esx

ESX350-200803204-UG 20:54:11 03/21/08 Update the VMware mptscsi_2xx driver

ESX350-200803205-UG 20:54:11 03/21/08 Update to VMware-esx-drivers-net-ixgbe

ESX350-200803206-UG 20:54:11 03/21/08 Update the VMware lpfc_elx_v740 driver

ESX350-200803207-UG 20:54:12 03/21/08 Update the VMware qla2300-v707 driver

ESX350-200803208-UG 20:54:12 03/21/08 Update to the esxupdate utility

ESX350-200803209-UG 20:54:12 03/21/08 Update to the ESX Server Service Conso le

ESX350-200803210-UG 20:54:12 03/21/08 Update to VMware-esx-drivers-net-bnx2

ESX350-200803211-UG 20:54:13 03/21/08 Update to vmkernel and vmnix

ESX350-200803212-UG 20:54:13 03/21/08 Update VMware qla4010/qla4022 drivers

ESX350-200803213-UG 20:54:13 03/21/08 Driver Versioning Method Changes

ESX350-200803214-UG 20:54:13 03/21/08 Update to Third Party Code Libraries

ESX350-200803215-UG 20:54:13 03/21/08 Update to Virtual Infrastructure Clien t

ESX350-200803216-UG 20:54:14 03/21/08 Update to VMware-esx-drivers-net-tg3

ESX350-200803217-UG 20:54:14 03/21/08 Update to the mgmt-vmware Service

ESX350-Update01 20:54:14 03/21/08 ESX Server 3.5.0 Update 1

For a differential list of rpms, use the -l/--listrpms option.

Is this up to date?

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IB_IT
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no, you are missing patches.

http://support.vmware.com/selfsupport/s3portal.portal?_nfpb=true&_windowLabel=SearchPatch&SearchPatc...

It looks to me like 3.5 was installed and all the patches were applied at the same time. After that, no patches have been installed. Go to the above link or go to downloads for VI3 and choosed patches and you will find an up to date list of patches for your servers.

ksuchewie
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how do I set it up so that updates and patches are installed automatically?

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IB_IT
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pg 28 shows how to schedule remediation...that may be what you want. I personally don't automate this as I want to manually patch my hosts...

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ksuchewie
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That guide is exactly what I needed. Thank you.

I guess I was supposed to re-install the update manager after installing esx3.5 and vc2.5 becuase it wasn't installed anymore.

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