ESXi upgrade 6

Upgrade from ESXi 5.x to 5.5 and 6.0 using SSH and esxcli


There’s a lot of information on how to upgrade VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi 5.1 to 5.5 (and 6.0), but all of them is not giving us a full info on upgrading process. That’s why we decided to post much more detailed guide.

In this article we will show you how to upgrade ESXi 5.1 to 5.5, how to install updates and also how to upgrade to ESXi 6.0.

Upgrading to ESXi 5.5

1. Enable SSH service

Go to Configuration, click on Security Profile and go to Properties. Now choose SSH and click on Options. At SSH options you need to check on Start and stop with host at Startup Policy and then click on Start.

configuration ESXi

services properties ESXi

ssh options ESXi

After enabling SSH on ESXi 5.1 you will get the next message at vSphere Client:

configuration issues ESXi

2. Backup and stop all virtual machines

Before start upgrading you need to turn off all virtual machines and backup all data.

3. Upgrading to ESXi 5.5

The first thing we are going do is to connect to EXSi using SSH client. As SSH client we are using Putty.

Put your ESXi host in maintenance mode:

esxcli system maintenanceMode set --enable o

Now we need to set firewall rules for httpClient:

esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpClient

After we run this command, we can see what updates is available for us. We need to find the latest version.

esxcli software sources profile list -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml | grep ESXi-5.5
We will get the results like this:
ESXi-5.5.0-20140301001s-no-tools  VMware, Inc.  PartnerSupported
ESXi-5.5.0-20131204001-no-tools   VMware, Inc.  PartnerSupported
ESXi-5.5.0-20131201001s-standard  VMware, Inc.  PartnerSupported
ESXi-5.5.0-1331820-standard       VMware, Inc.  PartnerSupported
ESXi-5.5.0-1331820-no-tools       VMware, Inc.  PartnerSupported
ESXi-5.5.0-20131204001-standard   VMware, Inc.  PartnerSupported
ESXi-5.5.0-20140302001-no-tools   VMware, Inc.  PartnerSupported
ESXi-5.5.0-20140301001s-standard  VMware, Inc.  PartnerSupported
ESXi-5.5.0-20131201001s-no-tools  VMware, Inc.  PartnerSupported
ESXi-5.5.0-20140302001-standard   VMware, Inc.  PartnerSupported

This time we are going to choose ESXi-5.5.0-20140302001-standard.

Now run command to download and install the update:

esxcli software profile update –d
https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml -
p ESXi-5.5.0-20140302001-standard

Now you will get such result:

Update Result
  Message: The update completed successfully, but the system needs to be rebooted for the changes to be effective.
  Reboot Required: true
  VIBs Installed: VMware_bootbank_esx-base_5.5.0-1.15.1623387, VMware_bootbank_lsi-msgpt3_00.255.03.03-1vmw.550.1.15.1623387, VMware_bootbank_misc-drivers_5.5.0-0.7.1474526, VMware_bootbank_mtip32xx-native_3.3.4-1vmw.550.1.15.1623387, VMware_bootbank_net-e1000e_1.1.2-4vmw.550.1.15.1623387, VMware_bootbank_net-igb_5.0.5.1.1-1vmw.550.1.15.1623387, VMware_bootbank_net-tg3_3.123c.v55.5-1vmw.550.1.15.1623387, VMware_bootbank_rste_2.0.2.0088-4vmw.550.1.15.1623387, VMware_bootbank_sata-ahci_3.0-18vmw.550.1.15.1623387, VMware_bootbank_scsi-megaraid-sas_5.34-9vmw.550.1.15.1623387, VMware_bootbank_scsi-mpt2sas_14.00.00.00-3vmw.550.1.15.1623387, VMware_locker_tools-light_5.5.0-1.15.1623387
  VIBs Removed: VMware_bootbank_esx-base_5.5.0-0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_lsi-msgpt3_00.255.03.03-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_misc-drivers_5.5.0-0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_mtip32xx-native_3.3.4-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_net-e1000e_1.1.2-4vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_net-igb_2.1.11.1-4vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_net-tg3_3.123c.v55.5-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_rste_2.0.2.0088-4vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_sata-ahci_3.0-17vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-megaraid-sas_5.34-9vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-mpt2sas_14.00.00.00-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_locker_tools-light_5.5.0-0.0.1331820
  VIBs Skipped: VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-amd_0.3.10-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-atiixp_0.4.6-4vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-cmd64x_0.2.5-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-hpt3x2n_0.3.4-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-pdc2027x_1.0-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-serverworks_0.4.3-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-sil680_0.4.8-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-via_0.3.3-2vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_block-cciss_3.6.14-10vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ehci-ehci-hcd_1.0-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_elxnet_10.0.100.0v-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_esx-dvfilter-generic-fastpath_5.5.0-0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_esx-tboot_5.5.0-0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_esx-xlibs_5.5.0-0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_esx-xserver_5.5.0-0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ima-qla4xxx_2.01.31-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ipmi-ipmi-devintf_39.1-4vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ipmi-ipmi-msghandler_39.1-4vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ipmi-ipmi-si-drv_39.1-4vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_lpfc_10.0.100.1-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_lsi-mr3_0.255.03.01-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_misc-cnic-register_1.72.1.v50.1i-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_net-be2net_4.6.100.0v-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_net-bnx2_2.2.3d.v55.2-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_net-bnx2x_1.72.56.v55.2-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_net-cnic_1.72.52.v55.1-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_net-e1000_8.0.3.1-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_net-enic_1.4.2.15a-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_net-forcedeth_0.61-2vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_net-ixgbe_3.7.13.7.14iov-11vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_net-mlx4-core_1.9.7.0-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_net-mlx4-en_1.9.7.0-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_net-nx-nic_5.0.621-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_net-vmxnet3_1.1.3.0-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ohci-usb-ohci_1.0-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_qlnativefc_1.0.12.0-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_sata-ata-piix_2.12-9vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_sata-sata-nv_3.5-4vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_sata-sata-promise_2.12-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_sata-sata-sil24_1.1-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_sata-sata-sil_2.3-4vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_sata-sata-svw_2.3-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-aacraid_1.1.5.1-9vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-adp94xx_1.0.8.12-6vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-aic79xx_3.1-5vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-bnx2fc_1.72.53.v55.1-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-bnx2i_2.72.11.v55.4-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-fnic_1.5.0.4-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-hpsa_5.5.0-44vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-ips_7.12.05-4vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-lpfc820_8.2.3.1-129vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-megaraid-mbox_2.20.5.1-6vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-megaraid2_2.00.4-9vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-mptsas_4.23.01.00-9vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-mptspi_4.23.01.00-9vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-qla2xxx_902.k1.1-9vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-qla4xxx_5.01.03.2-6vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_uhci-usb-uhci_1.0-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820

Now we need to reboot Hypervisor:

esxcli system shutdown reboot -r "Upgrade to ESXi 5.5"

Check Hypervisor version after reboot.

After reboot you need to enable SSH service again.

# vmware -vl
VMware ESXi 5.5.0 build-1623387
VMware ESXi 5.5.0 Update 1

# esxcli software vib list

Name                           Version                               Vendor  Acceptance Level  Install Date
-----------------------------  ------------------------------------  ------  ----------------  ------------
ata-pata-amd                   0.3.10-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820           VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
ata-pata-atiixp                0.4.6-4vmw.550.0.0.1331820            VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
ata-pata-cmd64x                0.2.5-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820            VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
ata-pata-hpt3x2n               0.3.4-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820            VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
ata-pata-pdc2027x              1.0-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820              VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
ata-pata-serverworks           0.4.3-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820            VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
ata-pata-sil680                0.4.8-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820            VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
ata-pata-via                   0.3.3-2vmw.550.0.0.1331820            VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
block-cciss                    3.6.14-10vmw.550.0.0.1331820          VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
ehci-ehci-hcd                  1.0-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820              VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
elxnet                         10.0.100.0v-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820      VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
esx-base                       5.5.0-1.15.1623387                    VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
esx-dvfilter-generic-fastpath  5.5.0-0.0.1331820                     VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
esx-tboot                      5.5.0-0.0.1331820                     VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
esx-xlibs                      5.5.0-0.0.1331820                     VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
esx-xserver                    5.5.0-0.0.1331820                     VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
ima-qla4xxx                    2.01.31-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820          VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
ipmi-ipmi-devintf              39.1-4vmw.550.0.0.1331820             VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
ipmi-ipmi-msghandler           39.1-4vmw.550.0.0.1331820             VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
ipmi-ipmi-si-drv               39.1-4vmw.550.0.0.1331820             VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
lpfc                           10.0.100.1-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820       VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
lsi-mr3                        0.255.03.01-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820      VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
lsi-msgpt3                     00.255.03.03-1vmw.550.1.15.1623387    VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
misc-cnic-register             1.72.1.v50.1i-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820    VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
misc-drivers                   5.5.0-0.7.1474526                     VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
mtip32xx-native                3.3.4-1vmw.550.1.15.1623387           VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
net-be2net                     4.6.100.0v-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820       VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
net-bnx2                       2.2.3d.v55.2-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820     VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
net-bnx2x                      1.72.56.v55.2-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820    VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
net-cnic                       1.72.52.v55.1-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820    VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
net-e1000                      8.0.3.1-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820          VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
net-e1000e                     1.1.2-4vmw.550.1.15.1623387           VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
net-enic                       1.4.2.15a-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820        VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
net-forcedeth                  0.61-2vmw.550.0.0.1331820             VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
net-igb                        5.0.5.1.1-1vmw.550.1.15.1623387       VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
net-ixgbe                      3.7.13.7.14iov-11vmw.550.0.0.1331820  VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
net-mlx4-core                  1.9.7.0-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820          VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
net-mlx4-en                    1.9.7.0-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820          VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
net-nx-nic                     5.0.621-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820          VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
net-r8168                      8.013.00-3vmw.510.0.0.799733          VMware  VMwareCertified   2013-07-22
net-r8169                      6.011.00-2vmw.510.0.0.799733          VMware  VMwareCertified   2013-07-22
net-s2io                       2.1.4.13427-3vmw.510.0.0.799733       VMware  VMwareCertified   2013-07-22
net-sky2                       1.20-2vmw.510.0.0.799733              VMware  VMwareCertified   2013-07-22
net-tg3                        3.123c.v55.5-1vmw.550.1.15.1623387    VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
net-vmxnet3                    1.1.3.0-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820          VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
ohci-usb-ohci                  1.0-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820              VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
qlnativefc                     1.0.12.0-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820         VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
rste                           2.0.2.0088-4vmw.550.1.15.1623387      VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
sata-ahci                      3.0-18vmw.550.1.15.1623387            VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
sata-ata-piix                  2.12-9vmw.550.0.0.1331820             VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
sata-sata-nv                   3.5-4vmw.550.0.0.1331820              VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
sata-sata-promise              2.12-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820             VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
sata-sata-sil24                1.1-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820              VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
sata-sata-sil                  2.3-4vmw.550.0.0.1331820              VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
sata-sata-svw                  2.3-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820              VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
scsi-aacraid                   1.1.5.1-9vmw.550.0.0.1331820          VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
scsi-adp94xx                   1.0.8.12-6vmw.550.0.0.1331820         VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
scsi-aic79xx                   3.1-5vmw.550.0.0.1331820              VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
scsi-bnx2fc                    1.72.53.v55.1-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820    VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
scsi-bnx2i                     2.72.11.v55.4-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820    VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
scsi-fnic                      1.5.0.4-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820          VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
scsi-hpsa                      5.5.0-44vmw.550.0.0.1331820           VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
scsi-ips                       7.12.05-4vmw.550.0.0.1331820          VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
scsi-lpfc820                   8.2.3.1-129vmw.550.0.0.1331820        VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
scsi-megaraid-mbox             2.20.5.1-6vmw.550.0.0.1331820         VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
scsi-megaraid-sas              5.34-9vmw.550.1.15.1623387            VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
scsi-megaraid2                 2.00.4-9vmw.550.0.0.1331820           VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
scsi-mpt2sas                   14.00.00.00-3vmw.550.1.15.1623387     VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
scsi-mptsas                    4.23.01.00-9vmw.550.0.0.1331820       VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
scsi-mptspi                    4.23.01.00-9vmw.550.0.0.1331820       VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
scsi-qla2xxx                   902.k1.1-9vmw.550.0.0.1331820         VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
scsi-qla4xxx                   5.01.03.2-6vmw.550.0.0.1331820        VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
uhci-usb-uhci                  1.0-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820              VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03
tools-light                    5.5.0-1.15.1623387                    VMware  VMwareCertified   2014-04-03

After that you need to disable maintenance mode because you won’t be able to run VM.

esxcli system maintenanceMode set --enable off

Upgrading to ESXi 5.5 Update 2

You can install any updates using method that was described earlier. For upgrading to ESXi 5.5 you need to run next commands:

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~ # esxcli system maintenanceMode set --enable on
~ # esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpClient
~ # esxcli software sources profile list -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml | grep ESXi-5.5 | grep 2015
ESXi-5.5.0-20150104001-no-tools   VMware, Inc.  PartnerSupported
ESXi-5.5.0-20150204001-standard   VMware, Inc.  PartnerSupported
ESXi-5.5.0-20150101001s-no-tools  VMware, Inc.  PartnerSupported
ESXi-5.5.0-20150204001-no-tools   VMware, Inc.  PartnerSupported
ESXi-5.5.0-20150104001-standard   VMware, Inc.  PartnerSupported
ESXi-5.5.0-20150101001s-standard  VMware, Inc.  PartnerSupported

~ # esxcli software profile update -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml -p ESXi-5.5.0-20150204001-standard
Update Result
   Message: The update completed successfully, but the system needs to be rebooted for the changes to be effective.
   Reboot Required: true
   VIBs Installed: VMware_bootbank_esx-base_5.5.0-2.55.2456374, VMware_bootbank_esx-tboot_5.5.0-2.33.2068190, VMware_bootbank_lsi-mr3_0.255.03.01-2vmw.550.1.16.1746018, VMware_bootbank_misc-drivers_5.5.0-2.54.2403361, VMware_bootbank_net-igb_5.0.5.1.1-1vmw.550.2.54.2403361, VMware_bootbank_net-tg3_3.123c.v55.5-1vmw.550.2.33.2068190, VMware_bootbank_net-vmxnet3_1.1.3.0-3vmw.550.2.39.2143827, VMware_bootbank_sata-ahci_3.-21vmw.550.2.54.2403361, VMware_bootbank_sata-ata-piix_2.12-10vmw.550.2.33.2068190, VMware_bootbank_scsi-megaraid-sas_5.34-9vmw.550.2.33.2068190, VMware_bootbank_xhci-xhci_1.-2vmw.550.2.39.2143827, VMware_locker_tools-light_5.5.0-2.54.2403361
   VIBs Removed: VMware_bootbank_esx-base_5.5.0-1.15.1623387, VMware_bootbank_esx-tboot_5.5.0-0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_lsi-mr3_0.255.03.01-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_misc-drivers_5.5.0-0.7.1474526, VMware_bootbank_net-igb_5.0.5.1.1-1vmw.550.1.15.1623387, VMware_bootbank_net-tg3_3.123c.v55.5-1vmw.550.1.15.1623387, VMware_bootbank_net-vmxnet3_1.1.3.0-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_sata-ahci_3.-18vmw.550.1.15.1623387, VMware_bootbank_sata-ata-piix_2.12-9vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-megaraid-sas_5.34-9vmw.550.1.15.1623387, VMware_locker_tools-light_5.5.0-1.15.1623387
   VIBs Skipped: VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-amd_0.3.10-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-atiixp_0.4.6-4vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-cmd64x_0.2.5-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-hpt3x2n_0.3.4-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-pdc2027x_1.-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-serverworks_0.4.3-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-sil680_0.4.8-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-via_0.3.3-2vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_block-cciss_3.6.14-10vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ehci-ehci-hcd_1.-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_elxnet_10.0.100.0v-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_esx-dvfilter-generic-fastpath_5.5.0-0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_esx-xlibs_5.5.0-0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_esx-xserver_5.5.0-0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ima-qla4xxx_2.01.31-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ipmi-ipmi-devintf_39.1-4vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ipmi-ipmi-msghandler_39.1-4vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ipmi-ipmi-si-drv_39.1-4vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_lpfc_10.0.100.1-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_lsi-msgpt3_00.255.03.03-1vmw.550.1.15.1623387, VMware_bootbank_misc-cnic-register_1.72.1.v50.1i-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_mtip32xx-native_3.3.4-1vmw.550.1.15.1623387, VMware_bootbank_net-be2net_4.6.100.0v-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_net-bnx2_2.2.3d.v55.2-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_net-bnx2x_1.72.56.v55.2-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_net-cnic_1.72.52.v55.1-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_net-e1000_8.0.3.1-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_net-e1000e_1.1.2-4vmw.550.1.15.1623387, VMware_bootbank_net-enic_1.4.2.15a-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_net-forcedeth_0.61-2vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_net-ixgbe_3.7.13.7.14iov-11vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_net-mlx4-core_1.9.7.0-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_net-mlx4-en_1.9.7.0-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_net-nx-nic_5.0.621-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ohci-usb-ohci_1.-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_qlnativefc_1.0.12.0-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_rste_2.0.2.0088-4vmw.550.1.15.1623387, VMware_bootbank_sata-sata-nv_3.5-4vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_sata-sata-promise_2.12-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_sata-sata-sil24_1.1-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_sata-sata-sil_2.3-4vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_sata-sata-svw_2.3-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-aacraid_1.1.5.1-9vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-adp94xx_1.0.8.12-6vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-aic79xx_3.1-5vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-bnx2fc_1.72.53.v55.1-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-bnx2i_2.72.11.v55.4-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-fnic_1.5.0.4-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-hpsa_5.5.0-44vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-ips_7.12.05-4vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-lpfc820_8.2.3.1-129vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-megaraid-mbox_2.20.5.1-6vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-megaraid2_2.00.4-9vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-mpt2sas_14.00.00.00-3vmw.550.1.15.1623387, VMware_bootbank_scsi-mptsas_4.23.01.00-9vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-mptspi_4.23.01.00-9vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-qla2xxx_902.k1.1-9vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-qla4xxx_5.01.03.2-6vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_uhci-usb-uhci_1.-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820

~ # esxcli system shutdown reboot -r "Upgrade to ESXi 5.5 U"
After ESXi reboot don`t forget to disable maintenance mode:
 ~ # vmware -vl
 VMware ESXi 5.5.0 build-2456374
 VMware ESXi 5.5.0 Update 2

~ # esxcli system maintenanceMode set --enable off

Don’t forget to upgrade VMware vSphere Client!

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Upgrading to ESXi 6.0 Update 1 (VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.0)

If we will take a look at official documentation, we can see that we can upgrade to ESXi 6.0 from 5.0, 5.1 and 5.5 versions.

Upgrading process to ESXi 6.0 is the same as upgrading to 5.5 and U2. One important difference here is that you will need to have new license key and we will talk about that too.

Run these commands and choose the latest ESXi-6 update version:

~ # esxcli system maintenanceMode set --enable on
~ # esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpClient
~ # esxcli software sources profile list -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml | grep ESXi-6 | grep 201511
ESXi-6.0.0-20151104001-no-tools   VMware, Inc.  PartnerSupported
ESXi-6.0.0-20151104001-standard   VMware, Inc.  PartnerSupported
 ~ # esxcli software profile update -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml -p ESXi-6.0.0-20151104001-standard

Update Result
   Message: The update completed successfully, but the system needs to be rebooted for the changes to be effective.
   Reboot Required: true
   VIBs Installed: VMWARE_bootbank_mtip32xx-native_3.8.5-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-amd_0.3.10-3vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-atiixp_0.4.6-4vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-cmd64x_0.2.5-3vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-hpt3x2n_0.3.4-3vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-pdc2027x_1.-3vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-serverworks_0.4.3-3vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-sil680_0.4.8-3vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-via_0.3.3-2vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_block-cciss_3.6.14-10vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_cpu-microcode_6.0.0-0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_ehci-ehci-hcd_1.-3vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_elxnet_10.2.309.6v-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_emulex-esx-elxnetcli_10.2.309.6v-0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_esx-base_6.0.0-1.22.3247720, VMware_bootbank_esx-dvfilter-generic-fastpath_6.0.0-0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_esx-tboot_6.0.0-0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_esx-xserver_6.0.0-0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_ipmi-ipmi-devintf_39.1-4vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_ipmi-ipmi-msghandler_39.1-4vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_ipmi-ipmi-si-drv_39.1-4vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_lpfc_10.2.309.8-2vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_lsi-mr3_6.605.08.00-7vmw.600.1.17.3029758, VMware_bootbank_lsi-msgpt3_06.255.12.00-8vmw.600.1.17.3029758, VMware_bootbank_lsu-hp-hpsa-plugin_1.0.0-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_lsu-lsi-lsi-mr3-plugin_1.0.0-2vmw.600.0.11.2809209, VMware_bootbank_lsu-lsi-lsi-msgpt3-plugin_1.0.0-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_lsu-lsi-megaraid-sas-plugin_1.0.0-2vmw.600.0.11.2809209, VMware_bootbank_lsu-lsi-mpt2sas-plugin_1.0.0-4vmw.600.1.17.3029758, VMware_bootbank_lsu-lsi-mptsas-plugin_1.0.0-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_misc-drivers_6.0.0-1.17.3029758, VMware_bootbank_net-e1000_8.0.3.1-5vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_net-e1000e_2.5.4-6vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_net-enic_2.1.2.38-2vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_net-forcedeth_0.61-2vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_net-igb_5.0.5.1.1-5vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_net-vmxnet3_1.1.3.0-3vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_nmlx4-core_3.0.0.0-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_nmlx4-en_3.0.0.0-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_nmlx4-rdma_3.0.0.0-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_nvme_1.0e.0.35-1vmw.600.1.17.3029758, VMware_bootbank_ohci-usb-ohci_1.-3vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_qlnativefc_2.0.12.0-5vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_rste_2.0.2.0088-4vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_sata-ahci_3.-22vmw.600.1.17.3029758, VMware_bootbank_sata-ata-piix_2.12-10vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_sata-sata-nv_3.5-4vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_sata-sata-promise_2.12-3vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_sata-sata-sil24_1.1-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_sata-sata-sil_2.3-4vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_sata-sata-svw_2.3-3vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_scsi-aacraid_1.1.5.1-9vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_scsi-adp94xx_1.0.8.12-6vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_scsi-aic79xx_3.1-5vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_scsi-fnic_1.5.0.45-3vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_scsi-hpsa_6.0.0.44-4vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_scsi-ips_7.12.05-4vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_scsi-megaraid-mbox_2.20.5.1-6vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_scsi-megaraid-sas_6.603.55.00-2vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_scsi-megaraid2_2.00.4-9vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_scsi-mpt2sas_19.00.00.00-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_scsi-mptsas_4.23.01.00-9vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_scsi-mptspi_4.23.01.00-9vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_uhci-usb-uhci_1.-3vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_vsanhealth_6.0.0-3000000.2.0.1.17.2972216, VMware_bootbank_xhci-xhci_1.-2vmw.600.1.17.3029758, VMware_locker_tools-light_6.0.0-1.17.3029758
   VIBs Removed: Emulex_bootbank_elxnet_10.2.298.5-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820, Emulex_bootbank_lpfc_10.2.298.12-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820, Hewlett-Packard_bootbank_scsi-hpsa_5.5.0.74-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820, Intel_bootbank_net-igb_5.0.5.1-1OEM.550.0.0.1198611, LSI_bootbank_scsi-mpt2sas_15.10.06.00.1vmw-1OEM.550.0.0.1198610, QLogic_bootbank_qlnativefc_1.1.29.0-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-amd_0.3.10-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-atiixp_0.4.6-4vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-cmd64x_0.2.5-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-hpt3x2n_0.3.4-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-pdc2027x_1.-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-serverworks_0.4.3-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-sil680_0.4.8-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ata-pata-via_0.3.3-2vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_block-cciss_3.6.14-10vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ehci-ehci-hcd_1.-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_esx-base_5.5.0-2.33.2068190, VMware_bootbank_esx-dvfilter-generic-fastpath_5.5.0-0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_esx-tboot_5.5.0-2.33.2068190, VMware_bootbank_esx-xlibs_5.5.0-0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_esx-xserver_5.5.0-0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ipmi-ipmi-devintf_39.1-4vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ipmi-ipmi-msghandler_39.1-4vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ipmi-ipmi-si-drv_39.1-4vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_lsi-mr3_0.255.03.01-2vmw.550.1.16.1746018, VMware_bootbank_lsi-msgpt3_00.255.03.03-1vmw.550.1.15.1623387, VMware_bootbank_misc-drivers_5.5.0-2.33.2068190, VMware_bootbank_mtip32xx-native_3.3.4-1vmw.550.1.15.1623387, VMware_bootbank_net-be2net_4.6.100.0v-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_net-e1000_8.0.3.1-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_net-e1000e_1.1.2-4vmw.550.1.15.1623387, VMware_bootbank_net-enic_1.4.2.15a-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_net-forcedeth_0.61-2vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_net-vmxnet3_1.1.3.0-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_ohci-usb-ohci_1.-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_rste_2.0.2.0088-4vmw.550.1.15.1623387, VMware_bootbank_sata-ahci_3.-20vmw.550.2.33.2068190, VMware_bootbank_sata-ata-piix_2.12-10vmw.550.2.33.2068190, VMware_bootbank_sata-sata-nv_3.5-4vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_sata-sata-promise_2.12-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_sata-sata-sil24_1.1-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_sata-sata-sil_2.3-4vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_sata-sata-svw_2.3-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-aacraid_1.1.5.1-9vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-adp94xx_1.0.8.12-6vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-aic79xx_3.1-5vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-fnic_1.5.0.4-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-ips_7.12.05-4vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-lpfc820_8.2.3.1-129vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-megaraid-mbox_2.20.5.1-6vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-megaraid-sas_5.34-9vmw.550.2.33.2068190, VMware_bootbank_scsi-megaraid2_2.00.4-9vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-mptsas_4.23.01.00-9vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-mptspi_4.23.01.00-9vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_scsi-qla2xxx_902.k1.1-9vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_bootbank_uhci-usb-uhci_1.-3vmw.550.0.0.1331820, VMware_locker_tools-light_5.5.0-2.33.2068190
   VIBs Skipped: VMware_bootbank_ima-qla4xxx_2.02.18-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_misc-cnic-register_1.78.75.v60.7-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_net-bnx2_2.2.4f.v60.10-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_net-bnx2x_1.78.80.v60.12-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_net-cnic_1.78.76.v60.13-2vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_net-ixgbe_3.7.13.7.14iov-20vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_net-mlx4-core_1.9.7.0-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_net-mlx4-en_1.9.7.0-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_net-nx-nic_5.0.621-5vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_net-tg3_3.131d.v60.4-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_scsi-bnx2fc_1.78.78.v60.8-1vmw.600.0.0.2494585, VMware_bootbank_scsi-bnx2i_2.78.76.v60.8-1vmw.600.0.11.2809209, VMware_bootbank_scsi-qla4xxx_5.01.03.2-7vmw.600.0.0.2494585

~ # esxcli system shutdown reboot -r "Upgrade to ESXi 6.0"

After rebooting ESXi enable SSH again and run the following commands:

[root@esxi:~] vmware -vl
VMware ESXi 6.0.0 build-3247720
VMware ESXi 6.0.0 Update 1

[root@esxi:~] esxcli system maintenanceMode set --enable off

License updating

After upgrading VMware vSphere Client and connecting to ESXi 6.0 using it you will see a warning message:

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vmware evaluation notice

You need to get your free key.

Go here (you need to have an account on VMware website) and get your License Keys.

vmware_license_information

Using VMware vSphere Client go to Configuration > Software > Licensed Feature.

In the right corner click on Edit and enter your key.

vmware add license key

After that you will get something like this:

vmware license features

Now start your virtual machines and don`t forget to upgrade VMware Tools. Hope this was helpful!


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How to upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile Hello guys! In this article we will show you how to quickly upgrade your existing Windows 8.1 device to Windows 10 Mobile. Microsoft offers you to ins...
How to fix VMWare ESXi 5.5 Upgrade error Hey guys. Today we will show you how to fix VMWare ESXi 5.5 Upgrade error. If you are trying to upgrade your VmWare ESXi to 5.5 U2d version, you might...
How to Mount Windows Folder into VMware ESXi In this article we will take a look on how to connect a network folder from Windows 2012 R2 Server as a datastore on the VMware ESXi host and use it t...