HOW TO: Update VMware ESXi 7.0 GA to ESXi 7.0b direct from VMware.

Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Make sure your ESXi server is up to date with the current firmware with - 2 Easy steps to upgrade VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi 7.0 GA to ESXi 7.0b Bulld 16324942  by downloading and applying the update directly from VMware.
  • On the 23 June 2020, VMware released the first updates for ESXi 7.0 Build 15843807, which is known as the general availability build of the product, or ESXi 7.0 GA. Two updates were released 7.0b and 7.0bs

ESXi 7.0b   - Build 16324942    Security and Bugfix image
ESXi 7.0bs - Build 16321839    Security only image

The VMware release notes are  here . But ESXi 7.0b includes security and bug fixes, and ESXi 7.0bs includes only security fixes.

VMware has decided to issue two updates because some organisations need to verify bug fixes as part of their change control management cycle, but security updates are classed as a critical emergency change.

To get your system up to the latest release, this article will show you how to update  ESXi 7.0 GA  to  ESXi 7.0b  in 2 easy steps. In this tutorial, the version of ESXi 7.0 installed is ESXi 7.0 GA, which is the GA release of ESXi 7.0, released on the 2 April 2020, but this article can be followed to upgrade any version of ESXi 7.0 GA . I f your ESXi host has access to the internet, this method will pull the update direct from the internet and update the ESXi host. If you prefer the slower old fashioned method or your host does not have access to this internet, please follow this article -  HOW TO: Update VMware ESXi 7.0 GA to ESXi 7.0b in 5 easy steps


VMware has removed my older legacy processors (CPUs) from ESXi 7.0 GA, and also storage and network controllers, please check the  VMware Hardware Compatability Lists    (HCL)    here.

The VMware Hardware Compatibility List is the list showing actual vendor devices that have been tested and certified by VMware or VMware partners. Items on the list are tested with VMware products and are known to operate correctly. Devices which are not on the list may function, but will not be supported by VMware, and may cause issues.

Before we get started:

It is important to ensure you have valid backups of your virtual machines before you make any changes to a Production VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi 7.0 Host server, which is hosting virtual machines. All virtual machines must be powered off with the server in maintenance mode.

Here are the steps to upgrade your software:

 

1. Connect to the ESXi 7.0 host server via SSH




  • There is no requirement to download the update from the internet and upload to a datastore using this method.

At the console prompt, type

vmware -l


to confirm the ESXi version. VMware ESXi 7.0 GA or later should be returned, though this will depend upon whether any patches have been applied. In this tutorial the build installed is 7.0 GA.  

2. Use esxcli at the console command line to update the server

  • At the console, type:

esxcli system maintenanceMode set -e true

this command enables maintenance mode. The host ESXi server must be in maintenance mode to be patched and updated. Virtual machines must be powered off.

esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpClient

this command enables httpClient via the firewall.

esxcli software profile update -p ESXi-7.0b-16324942-standard -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml

this command pulls the update direct from the internet and updates the host and applies it to the host.

 
  • The above command does not produce any feedback if entered correctly. After approximately 20 seconds, the upgrade should be completed, however, we have found that if you are using slow USB flash drives and SD cards, this can take considerably longer for the files to be written. You will be presented with the following screen upon completion:



  • If all is well you should see an update screen, as above, you may have to scroll the screen to see all the information. But check the update result, at the top. The update completed successfully, but the system needs to be rebooted for the changes to be effective.

  • You should be able to see new VIB packages installed, removed, and some have been skipped. If you are using an OEM version of VMware ESXi 7.0 (e.g. from HP, IBM or Dell) your output could be different.

  • Type 

esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e false -r httpClient

  • to disable the httpClient rule you enabled earlier.

reboot

  • to reboot the server.

5. Check the ESXi 7.0 GA Host server has been updated.

  • Check the following:

The Console Screen should report VMware ESXi 7.0.0 (VMKernel Release Build 16324942 )

   
Congratulations, you have successfully updated your host server from VMware ESXi 7.0 GA to VMware ESXi 7.0b.  This method works for all versions of ESXi and updates, you just need to change the updates!

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Thank you very much! 

Regards, Andy 
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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EE Fellow, 2xMVE, Expert of the Year 2017-2011, Scribe 2016-2012, Author of the Year 2018-6,2013-2012 VMware vExpert Pro, vExpert 2020-2011

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Hey Andrew

and another one, to review and publish if applicable.

Thanks

Andy

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