Wednesday, November 23, 2016

How to Upgrade to ESXi 6.5 via command line using VMware Online Depot

VMware has recently released ESXi 6.5 and there is a quick and easy way of upgrading your ESXi hosts to the latest version using the command line and VMWare's online depot:

How to Upgrade to ESXi 6.5 via command line using VMware Online Depot

Using the VMware Online Depot is a simple way to upgrade if you only have 1 or 2 ESXi hosts to do, perfect for a small home lab setup.
  1. Place the host you want to upgrade into Maintenance Mode.
  2. Open PuTTY (or any other SSH client) and SSH into your host.
  3. Type the following command to open the firewall for outgoing HTTP requests:
    esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpClient
  4. Type the following command to download and upgrade to the latest version of ESXi 6.5
    esxcli software profile update -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml -p ESXi-6.5.0-4564106-standard
  5. Now disable the HTTP firewall rule by typing:
    esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e false -r httpClient
  6. And finally, reboot the ESXi host to complete the upgrade.
    reboot
ESXi-6.5.0-4564106-standard is the first 6.5 release.

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