6 Replies Latest reply on Jul 21, 2009 12:53 PM by m_j_b

    esxupdate command questions

    m_j_b Enthusiast


      I want to update an ESX 4 server using esxupdate. I have downloaded the ESX400-200906001.zip form from www.vmware.com/downloads. I then created a folder on the ESX servers local datastore using the datastore browser and uploaded the file.



      I then ran: esxupdate check --bundle /vmfs/volumes/Storage1/UpdateFiles/ESX400-200906001.zip



      Applicable bulletins with updates are listed.


      Bulletin ID---- -Date- -


      ESX400-200906412-BG 2009-07-09 Updates esxupdate

      ESX400-200906401-BG 2009-07-09 Updates VMX

      ESX400-200906404-BG 2009-07-09 Updates CIM

      ESX400-200906411-SG 2009-07-09 Updates udev

      ESX400-200906402-BG 2009-07-09 Updates ESX Scripts

      ESX400-200906406-SG 2009-07-09 Updates sudo

      ESX400-200906405-SG 2009-07-09 Updates krb5 and pam_krb5

      ESX400-200906410-BG 2009-07-09 Updates hostd

      ESX400-200906407-SG 2009-07-09 Updates curl

      ESX400-200906403-BG 2009-07-09 Updates VMware Tools

      ESX400-200906408-BG 2009-07-09 Updates SCSI Driver for QLogic FC

      ESX400-200906409-BG 2009-07-09 Updates LSI storelib Library

      ESX400-200906413-BG 2009-07-09 Updates vmkernel iSCSI Driver

      Esxupdate local cache states:

      Location: /tmp/updatecache

      Available space: 2583



      Is the next step to put the ESX server in maintaince mode and run: esxupdate update --bundle /vmfs/volumes/Storage1/UpdateFiles/ESX400-200906001.zip ?



      When I run the update command does it extract the updates to the datastore folder? If so is it safe to delete that folder once the updates are done?






      Thanks for the help






        • 1. Re: esxupdate command questions
          Troy Clavell Guru

          yes, the host should be in maintenance mode prior to patching



          • 2. Re: esxupdate command questions
            m_j_b Enthusiast

            The instructions you are quoting are for esx3. I found that document also but couldnt find the esx4 one.

            • 3. Re: esxupdate command questions
              Troy Clavell Guru

              same concept, but here is the ESX 4 Patch Management Guide

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              • 4. Re: esxupdate command questions
                lamw Guru
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                If these are the recent 13 patches released for ESX 4, you need to do the following (this is from memory as I just did it the other night)


                unzip the bundle, make sure you have sufficient free capacity

                unzip ESX400-200906001.zip


                Go into the directory, its like esx/4.0.0 and inside there should be a meta.zip or something like that, that is what you'll point esxupdate to patch the box


                esxupdate -m meta.zip


                Sit back and watch it go and then you can reboot afterwards. You'll then want to use esxupdate query to ensure the 13 patches are installed and it looks something like this:


                [root@kalina ~]# esxupdate query
                ----Bulletin ID---- -----Installed----- -------------Summary------------- 
                ESX400-200906412-BG 2009-07-20T18:49:10 Updates esxupdate                 
                ESX400-200906401-BG 2009-07-20T18:49:10 Updates VMX                       
                ESX400-200906404-BG 2009-07-20T18:49:10 Updates CIM                       
                ESX400-200906411-SG 2009-07-20T18:49:10 Updates udev                      
                ESX400-200906405-SG 2009-07-20T18:49:10 Updates krb5 and pam_krb5         
                ESX400-200906406-SG 2009-07-20T18:49:10 Updates sudo                      
                ESX400-200906402-BG 2009-07-20T18:49:10 Updates ESX Scripts               
                ESX400-200906407-SG 2009-07-20T18:49:10 Updates curl                      
                ESX400-200906403-BG 2009-07-20T18:49:10 Updates VMware Tools              
                ESX400-200906408-BG 2009-07-20T18:49:10 Updates SCSI Driver for QLogic FC 
                ESX400-200906409-BG 2009-07-20T18:49:10 Updates LSI storelib Library      
                ESX400-200906413-BG 2009-07-20T18:49:10 Updates vmkernel iSCSI Driver     




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                • 5. Re: esxupdate command questions
                  m_j_b Enthusiast


                  Thanks for the link. esxupdate definitly uses zips.



                  from the help




                                          An offline bundle .zip file to work with.  May be

                                          specified multiple times.




                  • 6. Re: esxupdate command questions
                    m_j_b Enthusiast


                    Alright i just did it the way I asked about






                    esxupdate check --bundle  ESX400-200906001.zip






                    esxupdate update --bundle ESX400-200906001.zip






                    and it worked fine. The server is now up to date. Nothing had to be manullay unzipped