For VI 3.5, refer to KB 1006721 for deployment consideration and instruction
For VI3.5i, refer to KB 1006670 for deployment consideration and instruction
The typical way to apply patches to ESXi 3.5 hosts is through the
VMware Update Manager. For details, see the VMware Update Manager Administration Guide.
ESX Server 3i hosts can also be updated by downloading the most recent "O" (offline) patch bundle from and installing the bundle using Infrastructure Update through the VI Client or by using the vihostupdate command through the Remote Command Line Interface (RCLI). For details, see the ESX Server 3i Configuration Guide and the ESX Server 3i Embedded Setup Guide (Chapter 10, Maintaining ESX Server 3i and the VI Client) or the ESXi 3.5 Installable Setup Guide (Chapter 11, Maintaining ESXi 3.5 and the VI Client).
Im not buying update manager. I downloaded the zip file from vmware. I have VMI Client on my workstation. I need a step by step of how to install this update, because I have not found it in any documentation.
Shutdown all the VM's. The Update will reboot the ESXi host
1. Connect the VI Client to the host that needs to be updated.
2. Choose Start > Programs > VMware > VMware Infrastructure Update. (this is installed during the VI client install for ESXi)
3. On the Hosts tab, select the ESXi hosts to check for updates.
4. On the Updates tab, click Check Now.
5. Install the Update. This will download the Update.
6. Once the update is downloaded, will prompt for authentication for your ESXi host and install the update.
7. From VI Client, reboot the ESXi host
There is no VMI Update on my Start program
Well this sucks, I just rooled out new servers using the ESXi and now not one of them works. The "VMware Infrastructure Update" utility won't add the patch to its cache and the update utility won't connect to the VMware update server. I turned off all of our web filters and still nothing. I've redownloaded the patch. Everything I can think of the utilty just won't work for me. Is there another way besides buying Virtual Center?
Thank you, Ieonb6, I've been looking for that article all day. I tried it by my own, but not having any luck with the syntax of the commands I failed many times. I found that my actual problem was that the x86 emulation being used on the machine I have the VI client on was messing things up. So I used another client on another machine and it worked fine. Thank you for that link though I'm sure it will come in handy down the line.
Moved to ESXi Forum
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If VMware Infrastructure Update is not installed, reinstall VMware Infrastructure Client and Select "VMware Infrastructure Update" during the install . Its part of that
If you choose the main zip that you download it says: Package does not contain applicable updates
But it also never extracts it to the local folder.
If you choose one of the 3 sub zip files under the main one it says invalid file.
have you tried this method ?
If VMware Infrastructure Update is not installed, reinstall VMware Infrastructure Client, during the install there is a option to select to install "VMware Infrastructure Update"
Before you click on "Check Now" under Updates, do you see your host selected under host tab ?
If not close the VMware Infrastructure Update and open VMware client, login and then open VMware Infrastructure Update and see if the host is selected
I got mine to install. I had the zip file that I downloaded, on a CDROM. Pointing the vmware update program at the file on CDROM didn't work, however, copying the file to hard disk, and using it from there did work! Weird stuff.