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ESXi firmware update are cumulative, so
(1) Install the "VMware ESXi 4.1 Complete Update 2" package (this includes the latest firmware + the latest tools package), and you do not need any other VMware patches.
(2) Download the "HP Offline Bundle for ESXi 4.1 Update 2" from here: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?swItem=MTX-1a452a67d79b40db8c4cee372a
Import it into Update manager and install it on your HP servers.
(3) With step 2 you will update the HP CIM providers for hardware monitoring, but the package does not include the latest NIC and HBA drivers. So, check at HP for your server model, if there are updated drivers (and also firmwares) avaiable for the devices that are in the server. Install them as needed.
I read that as being a reinstall of ESXi.
Is that suggesting that I shouldn't attempt to update the current installation?
no, this is not a re-install. All three steps are updates done through Update manager.
If you want to re-install then do that with the latest HP customized ISO available for 4.1 at https://h20392.www2.hp.com/portal/swdepot/displayProductInfo.do?productNumber=HPVM06
or with the HP customized ISO for 5.0 at
We are not geared up for using update manager. We have a purchase order in for vCenter Server and so on, but I don't expect to have my hands on the stuff for a while. In the mean time I have to do updates manually for each box as they come back in for servicing, and I know there are some projects expecting to get their hands on boxes during December, and from the end of this week I am off until January.
So I will have to do these the same way I have done it before, upload the bundles to the datastore and SSH into the boxes.
Thanks for your help though.