I would like to apply some patches with esxupdate without downloading all the irrelevant (eg: superseded) ones into the depot.
I have unpacked contents.zip and the desired patches into a http depot, and enabled outgoing connections from the esx server.
When I run "explain scan", the command completes quickly and as expected, but when I do "test update" (or "update") for the desired patch(es) it takes over two hours! On the console it pauses at "INFO: Configuring..."; meanwhile I can see in the IIS log that there are three requests for each missing update xml file with a ten second wait between them.
Is there a way to omit the scan of all the irrelevant updates? Or perhaps there is a way to reduce the timeout and/or redirect the request to the upstream vmware server?