I am having problems patching (or even querying the patch level) on an ESXi host (build 208167). When I run
C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware vSphere CLI\bin>vihostupdate.pl --server 192.168.1.7 --query
and enter the correct username and password, it just hangs...
If I enter an incorrect password, I get an authentication error so some level of communication with the ESXi host is occurring. Running the same query on an ESX (not ESXi) box in the cluster returns the relevant information without any problems. Running the 'Host Update Utility' also hangs at the 'Scanning' stage . So, unless I use update manager, what are my options? I have a VMFS file system on the same HD as my ESXi install so I don't want to do a fresh ESXi install... Has anybody come across something like this before?
I too am having this issue on two hosts both running ESXi 4.0.0 219382.
I can't use the host update utility or VUM either.
Did you manage to fix the problem you were having?
I got it working eventually. To diagnose I enabled ssh on one ESXi server and ran esxupdate query, which also hang, but after some time it showed an error that the update database was still locked by another esxupdate process. So I waited some time and tried again and then it worked, although sometimes a bit flaky. Eg. I did a vihostupdate scan, followed by install, install complained needing maintenance mode, so I send server to maintenance, retried install, hung again. Rebooted server, retried and it worked.
Im having the same problem but none of these fixes mentioned seemed to work. I can query just fine, but trying to do the install seems to just hang after password is typed in. After checking the vsphere client for what is going on, all I see is that it completed checking host, but only once. Any ideas or advice?
I figured it out.
I am on a WAN and was using a ipsec tunnel to try and do the update from a different subnet. Apparantly, ESXi doesn't like that. Word of advice: Be on the same subnet as the ESXI host if you are going to do the update. LoL! Sorry, brainfart moment.