HOW TO: Update (Patch) VMware ESXi 6.0.0 GA to ESXi 6.0.0b with VMware Update Manager (VUM)

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On the 12 March 2015, VMware released ESXi 6.0.0 Build 2494585, which is known as the general availability build of the product, or GA. However, just a few months later in July 2015, several bugs were found which have been tagged as "Severity - critical" by VMware. They have since recommended that users update all production VMware ESXi 6.0.0 Build 2494585 Host Servers to VMware ESXi 6.0.0 Build 2809209. This is known as ESXi 6.0.0b, which was released on 7 July 2015. For more information on these bugs, see VMware Knowledgebase Article KB2111985.

In this tutorial, I'll explain how to update or patch VMware ESXi 6.0.0 to ESXi 6.0.0b with VMware Update Manager.

Software Prerequisites
  1. vCenter Server must be at vCenter Server 6.0 to be able to manage ESXi 6.0 hosts.
  2. VMware Update Manager 6.0 must be installed to update ESXi 6.0.

Additional resources
For your convenience, I've listed additional vCenter Server articles below:

Let's get started
The following steps will show you how to update or patch VMware ESXi 6.0.0 to ESXi 6.0.0b with VMware Update Manager:
  • In the vSphere Client, select Home > Solutions and Applications > Update Manager.

1. Create the ESXi 6.0.0b baseline 
  • Select the Baseline and Groups tab. 
  • Enter a Baseline Name and description, and select Host Patch, as this is a host patch or update to ESXi 6.0.0b. 
  • Click Next to continue, creating the baseline. 
  • Select a fixed baseline. This baseline will remain the same even if new patches are added to the repository. 
  • The next selection shows all the patches in the repository that have been automatically downloaded from VMware. 

  • Select the drop-down arrow and tick Patch ID. This will allow us to sort and filter Patch ID by ESXi version. 
  • Enter ESXi600 in the filter to display all the ESXi600 patches. 
  • Select all 11 updates (hold shift, and select with mouse). 
  • Select Next to continue creating the baseline. 
  • Review your selection and select Finish. 
  • The ESXi 6.0.0b patch baseline is created.
  • Click Compliance View (top right), followed by Scan. 
  • Click Attach when you have selected a host or Datacenter, and select the ESXi 6.0.0b patch baseline created earlier. 
  • Click Attach. 
  • Two host are non-compliant with our baseline, which is true, because the hosts are currently on 6.0 GA software release.

2. Remediate or Patch the Host 
  • Select the host.
  • Enter maintenance mode, and select Remediate. 
  • Select Next to continue. 
  • Review the list of patches to apply, and click Next. 
  • Enter a task name and description, apply immediately, or schedule for later. 
  • Click Next.

  • Click Finish to apply the ESXi 6.0.0b patch.
  • ESXi 6.0.0 GA host upgraded to ESXi 6.0.0b. 
  • The host is has been upgraded and is now at ESXi 6.0.0b Build 2809209. It's also compliant with our baseline.

Congratulations you have successfully Updated or Patched VMware ESXi 6.0.0 GA to ESXi 6.0.0b with VMware Update Manager (VUM).

The above procedure is the same for any update or patch, and this procedure can be applied to any version of Update Manager for ESXi host servers 4.x to 6.0. 

Basic VMware Articles Series: 
During this series of articles VMware released VMware vSphere 5.5 and VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi 5.5. These articles are also applicable to VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi 5.0 and 5.5. For consistency, I have used VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi 5.1 throughout this series.
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Expert Comment

by:shivkumar makwani
i have only one esxi host in that case and when i am trying to remidiate via vcentre 6.5 but its not going in mainatance mode so how to updae esxi server with lates pateches or auto update
please help

as my esxi is
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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