Updating esx

If I have to I can set up Update Manager, but I have two v Centers so I believe I'd have to have two Update Managers.As you know, when it comes to automating patch management for your v Sphere infrastructure, we highly recommend leveraging our v Sphere Update Manager (VUM) which is part of the v Sphere v Center Suite to help simplify the update process.

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Datastore Browser Path -Recurse Get-VMHost ESX-FQDN | Install-VMHost Patch -Hostpath “/vmfs/volumes/datastore1/ESXi500-201112001/metadata.zip” The Install-VMHost Patch cmdlet does have a -Local Path parameter for you to specify a local path to the patch.

For larger files it is recommended you use the Copy-Datastore cmdlet to upload the file to a datastore on the host and then the -Host Path parameter as can be seen in the example above.

An alternative method to patching from the command-line if you do not have VUM is using VMware Go, which is an online service (Saa S) provided by VMware.

VMware Go can help manage your ESXi host but it also provides a patching capability similar to that of VUM.

The patch bundle needs to be uploaded to ESXi host using scp/win SCP or v CLI’s vifs utility and then specifying the full path on the command-line: $ vifs −−server [ESXI-FQDN] −−username [USERNAME] -p ESXi500-201112001“[datastore1] ESXi500-201112001.zip” $ esxcli −−server [ESXI-FQDN] −−username [USERNAME] software vib update −−depot=/vmfs/volumes/datastore1/ESXi500-201112001In ESXi 5, −−depot only supports local server path or remote URL.

The latter is to help centralize the location of your patches and help reduce manual transfer.Here is a table summarizing all available command-line options based on the version of ESX(i) you are running: When you download patches from VMware, there is an associated VMware KB article and it provides a link to the patch management documentation.You should always refer to that for more details and information for different methods of applying a patch.However, it is still possible to patch/upgrade your ESX(i) host using the command-line without the need of VUM, but you will have to manually identify the patch dependencies and ensure host compliance.Depending on the version of ESX or ESXi you are running, you may have several options that could include local and/or remote command-line utilities that are available in following four forms: If you are using v Sphere Hypervisor (Free ESXi), you will not be able to leverage any of the the remote CLI’s but you can still use the local CLI.Though not all environments have the luxury of running v Center Server to manage their ESX(i) hosts.

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