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Upgrading to VMware ESXi 5.5 using the Interactive Installer

VMware ESXi 5.5 allows you to upgrade from previous ESXi versions using several different methods. These methods are described and outlined in VMware Knowledge Base article Methods for upgrading to ESXi 5.5 (2058352).

In this new video tutorial we demonstrate how you can upgrade from VMware ESXi 5.1 to ESXi 5.5 using the Interactive Installer that is supplied on the ESXi 5.5 Installation Media. We’ll show you the step-by-step procedure for performing a basic upgrade from ESXi version 5.1 to version 5.5 using the Interactive Installation method, however the instructions apply to older versions of ESXi as well.

This video assumes that you have read the documentation for the update you are applying. For more information, see the VMware vSphere 5.5 Release Notes and the vSphere Upgrade Guide.

For information relating to the other upgrade methods, see VMware Knowledge Base article Methods for upgrading to ESXi 5.5 (2058352).


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  1. I’ve followed this for 3 of our VMWare ESXi servers and it’s been flawless. However, I’m having an issue with our 4th. I shut down all the VMs, and put the server into maintenance mode. I rebooted the server and booted from my new 5.5 CD. I got an error about a folder/drive not being empty & rebooted the server to be sure my VMs were ok. The system came back up fine.

    Now, however, when I try to run the upgrade & I select the drive where my ESXi install is, I no longer have an “Upgrade” option. I can “install and preserve” or do a “fresh install”.

    What do I do?

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