Updating to ESXi 5.5 update2

ssh/sftp the update zip to a datastore of your choice. I usually use CoreFTP LE as my client and push the update to /vmfs/volumes/1A-LabsESXiDataStore-Thick/ISO-Bits-Drivers/

Put the host into maintenance mode using vcenter/vsphere web interface or use Kitty/Putty to do it via the cmdline.

# vim-cmd hostsvc/maintenance_mode_enter

Change to the location where you uploaded the update and start the update.

# esxcli software vib update -d “/vmfs/volumes/1A-LabsESXiDataStore-Thick/ISO-Bits-Drivers/update-from-esxi5.5-5.5_update02.zip”

Optionally, you can view the installed files. check the dates for the particular update being applied.

#esxcli software vib list

It will require a reboot to complete the update.


Finally, exit mainenace mode and you’re back in business.

# vim-cmd hostsvc/maintenance_mode_exit

A full list of vCenter updates is maintained here: http://vsphere-land.com/vinfo/release-build-info