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Understanding ESXi Patches – Manually Patching ESXi hosts

Kyle Gleed, Sr. Technical Product Manager, VMware

I’ve recently been blogging about ESXi patches with the hopes of making it easier for you to identify and track  available updates and to keep your ESXi hosts up-to-date.  In my first post I talked about how to find patches.  In my second post I went over the steps to manually upload the patches into Update Manager.  The next topic I want to cover is how to install the patches using the vCLI.  Fortunately, this is easily done because there are already a couple of good blog posts that show how to do this.  So rather than reinvent the wheel, I’m just going to point to the existing articles.

Back in September 2010, shortly after we released our first ESXi 5.0 update I wrote this article giving an overview on how to use the new ESXCLI command released with vSphere 5.0 to install ESXi updates update.

More recently William Lam recently posted this excellent article that not only shows how to use the new ESXCLI command with ESXi 5.0, but also provides a good overview of the other available vCLI and PowerCLI commands that can be used to patch versions of ESX/ESXi prior to 5.0: 

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6 thoughts on “Understanding ESXi Patches – Manually Patching ESXi hosts

  1. Houman

    Quick question, does Update Manager 5 work with VCenter Appliance. When trying to install and configure it, it tells me that it is not compatible with this Vcenter, but it seems that other Vcenter documentation sais that it should work.
    Just wondering.
    Thanks !

  2. WaltSt

    I am running ESXi 4.1 Upd2 and need to upgrade the Dropbear SSH Server to version 2012.55.or newer. Have never done this update before. Is there any (step-by-step) technical resource or documentation how to update dropbear SSH Server?

  3. Kyle Gleed

    You would need to get a new VIB from VMware that includes the SSH updates. VIBs are digitally signed and are not something you can modify.

  4. JeffM

    What exactly does 5.0 patch 1 mean?
    I am installing vShield Endpoint. The requirements are to have ESXi 5.0 Patch 1 and later. I have found 5.0.0U1 or 5.0.1? I have downloaded ESXi 5.0_Update01. My guess is that 5.0.1 is not the same as 5.0.0U1 and I am not sure where the “Patch 1” fits in.

  5. Rusty Harrison

    I have a problem. I removed the vmupdate manager and need to reinstall it. The problem is I dont have the install media. and I was wondering if there was an easier way to find the plug-ins?

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