Upgrade ESXi 6.0 to 6.5

METHOD1 via CLI Offline
SOURCE:
-download VMware-ESXi-6.5.0-4564106-depot.zip from https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/get-download?downloadGroup=ESXI650
-enable ssh on ESXi
-scp VMware-ESXi-6.5.0-4564106-depot.zip into ESXi /tmp
-Shutdown all VMs running on your ESXi host machine, put your host into maintenance mode and then connect to your ESXi server via SSH
# cd /tmp
# esxcli software profile update -p ESXi-6.5.0-4564106-standard -d /tmp/VMware-ESXi-6.5.0-4564106-depot.zip

# reboot

METHOD2 via CLI Online
SOURCE:
https://www.vladan.fr/how-to-upgrade-esxi-6-0-to-6-5-via-cli-on-line/
-enable ssh on ESXi
-Shutdown all VMs running on your ESXi host machine, put your host into maintenance mode and then connect to your ESXi server via SSH
# cd /tmp
# esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpClient
# esxcli software sources profile list -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml | grep -i ESXi-6.5
# esxcli software profile update -p ESXi-6.5.0-4564106-no-tools -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml
# reboot

METHOD3 via ISO
SOURCE:
https://www.vladan.fr/how-to-upgrade-esxi-6-0-to-6-5-via-iso/
-download ESXi iso from https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/datacenter_cloud_infrastructure/vmware_vsphere/6_5
-burn iso into cd
-set BIOS to boot from CD
-reboot ESXi
-on boot select “Upgrade ESXi, preserve VMFS datastore”

METHOD4 via USB media
SOURCE:
https://www.vladan.fr/how-to-create-a-usb-media-with-esxi-6-5-installation/
-download ESXi iso from https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/datacenter_cloud_infrastructure/vmware_vsphere/6_5

-download and install YUMI Installer
YUMI
ALTERNATIVE1: Rufus
ALTERNATIVE2: UNetbootin


-run YUMI and burn iso into pen drive
-set BIOS to boot from USB
-reboot ESXi
-on boot select “Upgrade ESXi, preserve VMFS datastore”

METHOD5 via Update Manager
SOURCE:
https://www.vladan.fr/how-to-upgrade-a-esxi-6-0-to-esxi-6-5-via-vmware-update-manager/

 

-update ESXi to latest patches
METHOD1: CLI Offline
download ESXi latest patches from
https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=ESXI650D&productId=646&rPId=15839
scp ESXi650-201704001.zip into ESXi /vmfs/volumes//
# esxcli software vib update -d /vmfs/volumes//ESXi650-201704001.zip

METHOD2: CLI Online
# esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpClient
# esxcli software profile install -p ESXi-6.5.0-20170404001-standard -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml
-enable nested hypervisor
# echo “vhv.enable = “TRUE”” >> /etc/vmware/config

-enable copy/paste between guest vm
# vi /etc/vmware/config
add these
vmx.fullpath = “/bin/vmx”
isolation.tools.copy.disable=”FALSE”
isolation.tools.paste.disable=”FALSE”

-install VMware Host Client
go to https://labs.vmware.com/flings/esxi-embedded-host-client#instructions
download and scp into /tmp
esxui-signed-5214684.vib
# esxcli software vib install -v /tmp/esxui-signed-5214684.vib

Install VMware Remote Console
go to https://labs.vmware.com/flings/esxi-embedded-host-client#instructions
download and scp into /tmp
VMware-Remote-Console-9.0.0-Linux.vib
VMware-Remote-Console-9.0.0-MacOS.vib
VMware-Remote-Console-9.0.0-Windows.vib

# esxcli software vib update -v /tmp/VMware-Remote-Console-9.0.0-Linux.vib
# esxcli software vib install -v /tmp/VMware-Remote-Console-9.0.0-MacOS.vib

# esxcli software vib update -v /tmp/VMware-Remote-Console-9.0.0-Windows.vib

VMware Remote Console 9.0 for Linux
VMware Remote Console 9.0 for Mac

VMware Remote Console 9.0 for Windows

Now you can access ESXi using browser at https://esxserverip/ui
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