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  • Posted on January 10, 2018

    Update your single ESXi machine from the command line with the update saved to the datastore.

    Needed

    1. Check your update file

    Upload the patch file to your datastore and check the md5sum with the vmware kb52236

    [root@localhost:/vmfs/volumes/datastore1/] md5sum ESXi650-201801001.zip
    
    1e4a80c89e0afa6249c82ea1d2105e9a  ESXi650-201801001.zip
    

    2. Update profiles

    To update ESXi you need the correct profile name from the update file, list the profile names as followed:

    [root@localhost:/vmfs/volumes/datastore1/]  esxcli software sources profile list -d /vmfs/volumes/datastore1/ESXi650-201801001.zip
    
    Name                             Vendor        Acceptance Level
    -------------------------------  ------------  ----------------
    ESXi-6.5.0-20180104001-no-tools  VMware, Inc.  PartnerSupported
    ESXi-6.5.0-20180104001-standard  VMware, Inc.  PartnerSupported
    

    3. Install the update

    Use the correct profile name to update your ESXi machine, normally this is the standard one.

    [root@localhost:/vmfs/volumes/datastore1/]  esxcli software profile update -d /vmfs/volumes/datastore1/ESXi650-201801001.zip -p ESXi-6.5.0-20180104001-standard
    

    4. Reboot

    Reboot the ESXi machine.

    [root@localhost:/vmfs/volumes/datastore1/] reboot