esxupdate returns "unrecognized url protocol"

I am trying to set up a Patch Depot to maintain updates for our ESX3.5 server pool.  I am trying to access the depot on an HTTP server.  When I execute esxupdate -d <myhttpserverurl> scan or esxupdate -d <myhttpserverurl> --test update I get the following error.
ERROR: Unrecognized url protocol <myhttpserverurl>/contents.xml.sig
Does anyone have any suggestions?
perrytdiAsked:
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davismisbehavisConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Do you run Virtual Center?  If your on 3.5 and have VC then you should probably look to use Update Manager so that you don't need to do all the service console based patching,  it's a nightmare!!!
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markzzConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I believe this is entirely related to your url.
What I mean by that is you need to use forward slashes "/" in the url and the end of the url must also have a "/" forward slash.
As an example

esxupdate -d /var/updates/ -n update
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markzzCommented:
I must agree the best method of updating is via the VC is you are licensed for it.
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perrytdiAuthor Commented:
Thanks everyone.  I have decided to go down the Update Manager path.
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