We help IT Professionals succeed at work.

How to upgrade ESXi 4.0 to 4.0_update02

gateguard
gateguard used Ask the Experts™
on
I downloaded upgrade-from-esxi4.0-4.0_update02.zip from vmware but I don't see clear instructions anywhere on how to use this file to upgrade my existing installed ESXi 4.0 server.

Can anybody help me out with this?

Thanks.
Comment
Watch Question

Do more with

Expert Office
EXPERT OFFICE® is a registered trademark of EXPERTS EXCHANGE®
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
Do you have your ESXi installed on the same disks as your datastore or is it on separate disks? What you can do is unzip your zip file which should give you an iso. Burn the iso to CD and run the install on your ESXi host. Plug in a USB stick to your ESXi host and install ESXi to your USB stick. That will free up the disks you previously had ESXi installed on to use as another datastore.

~coolsport00
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
Just as a precaution, when going through the install, disconnect your datastore disks from your host so as not to overwrite your data/VMs.

~coolsport00

Commented:
Are you using vSphere ?  If you are, use the host update utility.  Straight forward.  You don't even have to manually download the file.

Author

Commented:
I do have vSphere and I have 2 raid sets, with ESXi installed on the first set (it doesn't see the second set which is why I think I need the upgrade).

I have no VMs installed.  This is brand new.

I'm going to try using the update utility.

Top Expert 2010

Commented:
The Update Utility will do fine. I just like the 'fresh install' method because there's less chance for upgrade file corruption, although it's quite rare that happens. Keep us posted how it goes.

~coolsport00

Author

Commented:
I don't see the host update utility.  Is it in vSphere or should it be on my Start | Programs | VMware (it's not)?
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
It's part of the vSphere Client install. Download the client from your ESXi host via web browser (type in http://ESXiHostname). During the install of vSphere Client, there is a checkbox on whether you also want to install Host Update Utility. Just check it and it'll install.

~coolsport00
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
After the install, you can open it up by going to Start -> Programs -> VMware -> Host Update Utility.

~coolsport00

Author

Commented:
That's weird.  I have vSphere installed on 2 different computers.  On one of them there is no Host Update Utility.  On the other there is.  It must be an install option that I failed to check on the first machine.

Anyway, I'm going to run it now.  Thanks a lot.  I'll let you know.
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
Ha...yeah...prob so :)

~coolsport00
Top Expert 2010
Commented:
BTW...just for your guidance, you can use the step-by-step in the Upgrade Guide, pg. 78 if you need it:
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsphere4/r40/vsp_40_upgrade_guide.pdf

~coolsport00

Author

Commented:
I've run this many times now, from many different locations on my c-drive (where I put the main *.zip file) and I always get some variation of this:

Failed to read the upgrade package metadata: Could not find file 'C:\Documents and Settings\user1\Local Settings\Temp\cespvhet.nra\metadata.xml'

Top Expert 2010

Commented:
Did you unzip the file?

~coolsport00

Author

Commented:
Now I'm doing the "patches" instead of the "upgrade" option and it's going out to VMWare and finding everything it needs... or so it seems.

Author

Commented:
Ok, it worked.  My build number is 261974.  So I'm upgraded.

But I still have a problem... another question coming up... hope you're still around.

Author

Commented:
Nevermind, coolsport.  I figured out my other question.  (No volumes over 2TB allowed!)
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
Yep :-)