Update ESX host without Update Manager

Update ESX host without Update Manager

Q. How can I update an ESX host without Update Manager?

A. I had a host I needed to quickly update to the latest update version and I found the easiest way was to update it directly from VMware over the Internet (providing your ESX host has Internet connectivity). Longer term it is better to use Update Manager but if you need a quick update perform the following:

  1. Open the HTTP fireware exception
    esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpClient
  2. Check all the updates available. Look for your ESX version and an update date of when the update you need was released (can be found from the release notes)
    esxcli software sources profile list -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml
  3. Apply the update based on the name found in the previous command
    esxcli software profile install -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml -p ESXi-5.1.0-20141202001-standard
  4. Close the firewall port (optional)
    esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e false -r httpClient
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