sicooper
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VMware ESXi 5.5.0 U1 to latest update

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I have inherited 2 servers with VMware ESXi 5.5.0 Update 1 on and want to get them fully updated\patched. In vSphere Client when I look at the Summary of the host the 'Image Profile' shows as '(Updated) HP-ESXi-5.5.0-Update1 -iso-5.73.21'

I assume, from the table below, that I just need to update to ESXi 5.5 Update 3b (presumably this is a roll up of all fixes up to this release?) and then apply the patches 8 - 11 in order and it will then be up to date?

I wanted to check 3 things:

1. That I can go from 5.5 update 1 to 5.5 update 3b without doing other updates in between

2. Can I install Patch 8, Express Patch 9, Express Patch 10 and Express Patch 11 only and in that order or does Express Patch 11 have a roll up of everything from Patch 8 (from what I understand it doesn't but want to check)

3. Should I use the HPE specific installers where possible as the machines are HP and the Image Profile at the moment seems to indicate that a HP installer was used?

ESXi 5.5 Express Patch 11ESXi550-2017030012017-03-285230635
ESXi 5.5 Patch 10 (Security only)ESXi550-2016120012016-12-204756874
ESXi 5.5 Patch 10ESXi550-2016120012016-12-204722766
ESXi 5.5 Patch 9ESXi550-2016090012016-09-154345813
ESXi 5.5 Patch 9 (Security only)ESXi550-2016090012016-09-154345810
ESXi 5.5 Patch 8ESXi550-2016080012016-08-044179633
ESXi 5.5 Patch 8 (Security only)ESXi550-2016080012016-08-044179631
ESXi 5.5 Express Patch 10ESXi550-2016020012016-02-213568722
ESXi 5.5 Express Patch 9ESXi550-2016010012016-01-043343343
ESXi 5.5 Update 3bESXi550-2015120012015-12-083248547

I'm sure the answers are obvious but I've not been involved in the patching of ESXi servers previously.

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AishR
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Please find the answers in line:

1. Yes you could directly go to 5.5 update 3b from 5.5 update 1 without updating the patches in between.

2. The patches and express patches don't roll up. They need to be individually patched in the order.

3. Yes, If you have used a HP customized ESXi image during installation.

You could refer to Understanding ESXi Patches - Size & Patch Bundles - VMware vSphere Blog for more insights on the patches.

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AishR
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Please find the answers in line:

1. Yes you could directly go to 5.5 update 3b from 5.5 update 1 without updating the patches in between.

2. The patches and express patches don't roll up. They need to be individually patched in the order.

3. Yes, If you have used a HP customized ESXi image during installation.

You could refer to Understanding ESXi Patches - Size & Patch Bundles - VMware vSphere Blog for more insights on the patches.

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sicooper
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Thanks that was very helpful!

I did find this blog which said that the patches were cumulative and I have finally had time to do this and successfully update.

Are ESXi Patches Cumulative - VMware vSphere Blog

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