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ESXi 5.0 - How to list installed updates

Posted on 2011-09-29
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Hi,

I am using ESXi 5.0 standalone and I just realized that they removed the visual update tool.
Now you have to buy vcenter I think if you want the update manager.

So I figured out how to do it with the CLI.

but what I was trying to figure out was a couple of things.

1) How do you list the updates installed. or a compare to show what's needed.
2) would be really cool to just call to a server, compare what is needed, and do a patch update with all the patches needed. Don't know if this is possible though.

help appreciated
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The command esxcli is now used to Update ESXi 5.0.

Take a look at this Blog Article on VMware's Sites

http://communities.vmware.com/people/vmroyale/blog/2011/09/15/updating-esxi-5--single-use-esxcli-how-to
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I figured out how to put it in maintenance mode, and update.

but how would I have it show me what updates are installed? or what updates are needed?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 500 total points
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I'm afraid it's a manual task.

Download the patch bundle directly from VMware Support.

to check what's installed

esxcli --server=10.10.10.10 --username=root software vib list | more

To find out which VIBs are available in the depot (the downloaded .zip file), issue the following command:

esxcli --server=10.10.10.10 --username=root software sources vib list --depot=/vmfs/volumes/datastore1/ESXi500-201109001.zip | more

To update the ESXi 5 host with the VIBs included in the depot, issue the following command:

esxcli --server=10.10.10.10 --username=root software vib update --depot=/vmfs/volumes/datastore1/ESXi500-201109001.zip

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