First of all, use the Pre Gen9 offline bundle to upgrade the G7 host.
With the correct bundle you may upgrade the host using the command (assuming you don't have any individual drivers/vibs installed):
esxcli software profile install -d /vmfs/volumes/datastore/folder/offline-bundle.zip -p <profilename> --ok-to-remove --dry-run
Note:--dry-run can be used to evaluate what's going to happen without actually changing anything.
To find out the profile name run:
esxcli software sources profile list -d /vmfs/volumes/datastore/folder/offline-bundle.zip
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