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VMware ESXi host upgrades

Discussion in 'Virtual Computing' started by Makaveli, Mar 8, 2014.

  1. Makaveli

    Makaveli Byte Poster

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    In my home lab I have ESXi hosts running on USB sticks and I want to upgrade them to the latest version. As the hosts are on USB devices I was wondering what options I have to upgrade them. Is it just a case of removing the USB device and loading the new version of ESXi on them and then plugging them back in and rebooting or is there a slicker way of doing it for example via update manager or can I not do that with hosts that are on USB devices...
     
  2. SimonD

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    What version of ESXi are you currently running?
     
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  3. Makaveli

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    I am currently running ESXi 5.1 and vCenter 5.5
     
  4. SimonD

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    Pretty sure I went down the route of an inplace upgrade when I did it (I go straight to 5.5 now).

    I would probably wait a couple of days before you do upgrade tho (hint here being that things are about to change).
     
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  5. Makaveli

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    Thanks. Can the in place upgrade that you refer to be done through vCenter? Does it make any difference that I created my USB bootable using third party software?
     
  6. SimonD

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    Being a bit of a dick but I actually blogged about the upgrade process for an in-place upgrade - ESXi 5.5 Upgrade in 7 Steps « Everything Virtual

    Again if you like the information please vote for my blog at Top VMware/virtualization blogs 2014
     
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  7. Makaveli

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    I prefered to see it work via the GUI first. I have found a video on YouTube demonstrating it being done via update manager and I have just tried it on one of my ESXi hosts and it worked :beers2
     
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2014

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