10 Replies Latest reply on Apr 2, 2020 8:55 AM by clamaz

    update vsphere 6.0 (custom hp image) to 6.0u3

    clamaz Novice

      Hi users,

      I should update a vsphere HP proliant 460 blade host, 6.0 installed with hp custom image: Build 6765062.

       

       

      The latest hp custom image I found on vmware website is ESXi 6.0 Update 3, HPE Custom Image for VMware ESXi 6.0 U3 Install CD.

      VMware-ESXi-6.0.0-Update3-13635687-HPE-Gen9plus-600.10.4.5.15-Sep2019.iso    Release Date: 2019-09-09

       

      on the same page I found also offline bundle

      VMware-ESXi-6.0.0-Update3-13635687-HPE-Gen9plus-600.10.4.5.15-Sep2019-depot.zip  Release Date: 2019-09-09

       

      Question before update:

      Is it correct that I can proceed in two ways?:

       

      1) shut down all VMs, Enter in mantenace mode, restart host with boot 6.0U3 boot CD and follow istruction.

      or

      2) shut down all VMs, Enter in mantenace mode, copy VMware-ESXi-6.0.0-Update3-13635687-HPE-Gen9plus-600.10.4.5.15-Sep2019-depot.zip on a folder in datastore, and then launch command:  esxcli software vib install -d /vmfs/volumes/MyDatastoreID/patchrepository/VMware-ESXi-6.0.0-Update3-13635687-HPE-Gen9plus-600.10.4.5.15-Sep2019-depot.zip

       

      I would point to second way because on proliant blade I should attach a virtual image or burn a CD.

      Is it correct?

       

      ps: Then, could I apply the latest VMware patch ESXi600-202002001 build  15517548  released on february 2020, even if hypervisor is HP customized?

      Or do I have to waith an hp patch?

       

      Thank you

        • 1. Re: update vsphere 6.0 (custom hp image) to 6.0u3
          bewe Expert

          first of all: do not use "esxcli software vib install -d" because then it can happen to overwrite custom drivers.

          use "esxcli software vib update -d"

           

          and yes - you can update via esxcli or booting the customized iso and choose upgrade.

          and yes - you can install the latest patches from vmware afterwards

          • 2. Re: update vsphere 6.0 (custom hp image) to 6.0u3
            clamaz Novice

            thank you Bewe,

             

            so the right command is:

            esxcli software vib update -d /vmfs/volumes/MyDatastoreID/patchrepository/VMware-ESXi-6.0.0-Update3-13635687-HPE-Gen9plus-600.10.4.5.15-Sep2019-depot.zip

             

            instead, If I want to reset or reinstall all original hp drivers, I use:

             

            esxcli software vib install -d /vmfs/volumes/MyDatastoreID/patchrepository/VMware-ESXi-6.0.0-Update3-13635687-HPE-Gen9plus-600.10.4.5.15-Sep2019-depot.zip

             

            ps: note that file  VMware-ESXi-6.0.0-Update3-13635687-HPE-Gen9plus-600.10.4.5.15-Sep2019-depot.zip   is hp branded too.

            It shoud contain official update hp drivers

             

            thank you

            • 3. Re: update vsphere 6.0 (custom hp image) to 6.0u3
              clamaz Novice

              ...just one other thing Bewe

               

               

              for patching, is command  the same (update)?

               

              esxcli software vib update -d /vmfs/volumes/MyDatastoreID/patchrepository/ESXi600-202002001.zip

               

              thank you

              • 4. Re: update vsphere 6.0 (custom hp image) to 6.0u3
                bewe Expert

                yes here is "update" important

                 

                because esxi is installed you can always use update and forget install.

                except for third party vibs which are not installed yet

                • 5. Re: update vsphere 6.0 (custom hp image) to 6.0u3
                  clamaz Novice

                  before to update in production, I try on a whitebox (6.0 with injected realtek nic driver, because it is a home pc).

                   

                  if i use Update I obtain:

                  [root@localhost:~] esxcli software vib update -d /vmfs/volumes/5e85fa48-4fbba9ab-146c-ac9e178194ab/patch/ESXi600-201706001.zip

                  [DependencyError]

                  VIB VMware_bootbank_esx-base_6.0.0-3.69.5572656 requires vsan << 6.0.0-3.70, but the requirement cannot be satisfied within the ImageProfile.

                  VIB VMware_bootbank_esx-base_6.0.0-3.69.5572656 requires vsan >= 6.0.0-3.69, but the requirement cannot be satisfied within the ImageProfile.

                  Please refer to the log file for more details.

                   

                  if I use install it finish update correctly and ask me to reboot:

                  [root@localhost:~] esxcli software vib install -d /vmfs/volumes/5e85fa48-4fbba9ab-146c-ac9e178194ab/patch/ESXi600-201706001.zip

                  Installation Result

                     Message: The update completed successfully, but the system needs to be rebooted for the changes to be effective.

                     Reboot Required: true

                   

                  Could it be because the first base vsphere 6 installaion is customized with injected realtek nic driver?

                   

                  Shoud it happens also with producrion hp server (6.0 hp customized image)?

                  • 6. Re: update vsphere 6.0 (custom hp image) to 6.0u3
                    clamaz Novice

                    then I tried UPDATE option, with a recent patch  ESXi600-202002001.zip

                     

                    [root@localhost:~] esxcli software vib update -d /vmfs/volumes/5e85fa48-4fbba9ab-146c-ac9e178194ab/patch/ESXi600-202002001.zip

                    Installation Result

                       Message: The update completed successfully, but the system needs to be rebooted for the changes to be effective.

                       Reboot Required: true

                     

                     

                    In this case, UPDATE switch, instead of INSTALL, worked fine….

                    • 7. Re: update vsphere 6.0 (custom hp image) to 6.0u3
                      bewe Expert

                      sometimes this is happening when the time span between base install and patch ist very long. but update is the recommended procedure: VMware Knowledge Base

                       

                      but why are you installing a 3 years old patch ? is your hardware not compatible with newer builds ? and check if your hardware supports 6.5/6.7

                       

                      btw: do you have no vcenter with update manager ?

                      • 8. Re: update vsphere 6.0 (custom hp image) to 6.0u3
                        clamaz Novice

                        Hi Bewe,

                         

                        VMware-ESXi-6.0.0-Update3-13635687-HPE-Gen9plus-600.10.4.5.15-Sep2019-depot.zip   Release Date: 2019-09-09 is the latest available hp branded, no more recent. (6 months old)

                        Then as you suggested, I could apply latest VMware original (no hp branded) patch ESXi600-202002001.zip.

                         

                        No 6.5 or 6.7 so far, because I shoud upgrade Vcenter first.

                        • 9. Re: update vsphere 6.0 (custom hp image) to 6.0u3
                          bewe Expert

                          ok - but if you have vcenter why do you not use updatemanager ? include the depot from hpe and patch through vum

                          • 10. Re: update vsphere 6.0 (custom hp image) to 6.0u3
                            clamaz Novice

                            Ok Bewe, thank you for suggestion, I will think about..

                             

                            And more, thank you very much for your precise answers

                             

                            Take care and StayHome! (as we use to do and to say here in Italy now)