If you haven’t been notified about patches, you can check the ESX Patch update site to get the latest patch info.Patches will be either for security reasons, critical bug fix issues, or general system bugs.ESX Server patches offer not only security fixes but also system enhancements and new drivers.Typically, users can pick the specific patches that they want to deploy.I have a question on how to update VMWare EXSI server when the v Sphere appliance is on the host server that needs to be updated.That is, I need to connect to the v Sphere Appliance in order to initiate the updates.
So either migrate it to another host, or complete above as I posted.
While there may be better tools in the future, currently, esxupdate is the most popular tool used today.
In this article, you will learn how to apply patches using esxupdate.
The Update Manager that the v Center Appliance uses is installed on a Windows server that is NOT on the ESXI host. You do this by connecting directly to the ESXi server using the v Sphere Client see my EE Articles, step by step tutorial with screenshots HOW TO: Connect to the VMware v Sphere Hypervisor 6.0 (ESXi 6.0) using the v Sphere Client (C# client) Part 2: HOW TO: Connect to the VMware v Sphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) using the v Sphere Client once, connected, then you can power off all the VMs, and the appliance! Update ESXi -,see my EE Articles, step by step tutorial with screenshots Connect via SSH - easy... You need to make sure v Center is at 5.5 to manage a 5.5 host, so v Center Server may need updating first! When I try to upgrade to 5.5, I am met with a message that the upgrade will overwrite the datastore.
Part 5: HOW TO: Enable SSH Remote Access on a VMware v Sphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) this is how you update ESXi, without using the CDROM/ISO installer HOW TO: Upgrade from VMware v Sphere Hypervisor ESXi 5.1 to VMware v Sphere Hypervisor ESXi 5.5 for FREE get the correct files you need for your upgrade and follow the above! I am not sure if I understand the information you posted. Obviously, I do not want to do this as all of our VMs are on the datastore.