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We have an ESX host at version 4.1, build 348481.

We read about patches ESX410-201104001.zip and ESX410-201107001.zip.

We read about the vCenter Update Manager plug-in for ESX 3.5, but can't seem to find it for version 4.  Then we read about a vCenter Update Manager that requires an entire database to support it, which leads us to believe it is no longer a plug-in.  

We downloaded the zip files but we are stuck trying to use the esxupdate command line tool.  I have the ESX 4.1 Patch Management Guide in front of me, but I can't seem to get it to work.

Can anyone guide me through this process?  

Thank you.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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Are you ESX or ESXi?

How to use ESX Update
http://www.petri.co.il/update-vmware-esx-esxupdate.htm

ESX 4.1 Patch Management Guide, this shows you how to use ESXUPDATE also
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsphere4/r41/vsp_41_esxupdate.pdf
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okay, i see you have the guides.....

    Downloaded the patch / patches from the VMware Patch website
    Connect to the server using Putty
    Make a directory with mkdir /var/updates and chmod 777 on /var/updates
    Used WinSCP to copy the patches to my ESX Server
    After changing into the /var/updates folder, I Untared the patch with tar xvzf ESX-1002085.tgz
    I then changed directory into that folder with cd ESX-1002085
    Then installed the patch with esxupdate update
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That first link explained enough for us to move forward.  Thank you!
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