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vmware esxi 4.0 to 4.1 update error - no space left on device

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disclaimer - I realize I'm not following the vmware guide, but several people indicate this method should work.

i've transfered the upgrade 4.0 to 4.1 zip file to my esxi 4.0 datastore, then tried running the esxupdate command on it.  I get the following:

/vmfs/volumes # esxupdate --bundle=/vmfs/volumes/datastore1/upgrade-from-ESXi4.0-to-4.1.0-                                           0.0.260247-release.zip check
Encountered error FileIOError:
The error data is:
   Filename    - None
   Message     - I/O Error (28) on file : [Errno 28] No space left on device
   Errno       - 10
   Description - Unable to create, write or read a file as expected.
close failed: [Errno 28] No space left on device
/vmfs/volumes # cd /

a df -h shows the following
~ # df -h
Filesystem                Size      Used Available Use% Mounted on
visorfs                 215.9M    190.7M     25.2M  88% /
vmfs3                   831.3G    214.5G    616.7G  26% /vmfs/volumes/4b06a69b-40c5b230-3803-001517af2f89
vfat                    249.7M      4.0k    249.7M   0% /vmfs/volumes/bab1ed7a-4a23e078-152c-4e5b336b93cd
vfat                    249.7M     59.3M    190.4M  24% /vmfs/volumes/96cf367a-a6349a90-d8e7-bf20ad127c94
vfat                      4.0G         0      4.0G   0% /vmfs/volumes/4b06a686-6b8379ea-18b5-001517af2f89
vfat                    285.9M    230.2M     55.7M  81% /vmfs/volumes/efd8efe3-03bc1cbf-15e0-080efd9e7379


I'm sure it's complaining about the visorfs partition (which seems to be a ramdisk, from my googling), but I don't know how or why it's using that.

Help?
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by:PenguinN
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It looks like one of these two form the problem
vfat                      4.0G         0      4.0G   0% /vmfs/volumes/4b06a686-6b8379ea-18b5-001517af2f89
vfat                    249.7M      4.0k    249.7M   0% /vmfs/volumes/bab1ed7a-4a23e078-152c-4e5b336b93cd

You SHould also checkout whats in there.
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I've seen other posts, however, that talk about the visorfs and not being able to expand the update.

Those other 2 vfat entries would be user-configured (i.e., I created them), right?
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Run vm-support pointing to a VMFS store with sufficient disk space as the working directory (vm-support -w <path>).

That's pretty light on specifics.  Does that also work with the esxupdate command? What is an example of <path> that would be acceptable?
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I don't know yet, but it's one of the few options you have. Make the partition larger or crate a temp dir where you can expand on a differeent partition. So i hope it works.
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I ran the update using the rCLI tool - had to install it on a windows machine.

Installed using the procedures outlined in the docs.

This link provided a good example of the exact syntax from the windows machine:

http://communities.vmware.com/message/1572720 
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Sorry mate, the link you provided makes no mention of esxupdate, and even at that, the command referenced had no supporting doc to provide any sort of meaningful direction (not even an example).  I appreciate the attempt.  I need to clear off the question.
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