One step beyond VMware 6.5U1

One step beyond VMware 6.5U1

VMware has updated their ESXi platform again, so we’re now one step beyond the 6.5U1 upgrade. It comprises mostly with VSAN improvements and a set of patches for kernel forking issues. After my challenges with updating to VMware ESXi 6.5U1, it’s nice to see an update work correctly the first time.

Again, installing this on most platforms uses the CLI. (As described in Upgrading VMware ESXi from 5.5U3 to 6.5 on-line) The release notes (KB2151082) for the update available.

esxcli network  ruleset set -e true -r httpClient
esxcli software profile update -p ESXi-6.5.0-20171004001-standard -d https://hostupdate..com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml
esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e false -r httpClient

The first line allows the internal Client to reach the outside world through the firewall. The second line downloads a for the tools-light.VIB (and maybe a few others). The updates for the latest ESXi are then downloaded and applied. The last line closes the internal client to the network.

You can monitor the update process through the Web Console by selecting the/var/log/esxupdate.log file in the Log Viewer, (|Monitor|Logs).

Don’t forget to reboot

John Dixon

John Dixon is the Principal Consultant of thirteen-ten nanometre networks Ltd, based in Wiltshire, United Kingdom. He has a wide range of experience, (including, but not limited to) operating, designing and optimizing systems and networks for customers from global to domestic in scale. He has worked with many international brands to implement both data centres and wide-area networks across a range of industries. He is currently supporting a major SD-WAN vendor on the implementation of an environment supporting a major global fast-food chain.

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