Upgrade VMware ESXi host using ESXCLI

by Chris Hall/December 1, 2016

1. Download VMware-ESXi-5.1.0-799733-depot.zip (or latest version) from MyVMware
2. Copy the ZIP file to host datastore using WinSCP

Note: Enable SSH and Shell from VMware Troubleshooting menu first.

3. Run the below command to perform the update

esxcli software profile update -d depot_location -p profile_name

(eg: esxcli software profile update -d /vmfs/volumes/datastore/VMware-ESXi-5.1.0-799733-depot.zip -p ESXi-5.1.0-799733-standard)

4. Reboot the host

5. Run vmware-v to check the ESXi host version

NOTE: esxcli can only be used to update within the same version of ESXi (e.g. v4.0 to 4.1 or v5.1 to v5.5). Upgrades between versions are best to be run via vCenter or an ESXi Install CD/DVD.

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