Updating VMWare hosts in a local storage environment

I have several small business clients that are setup with VMWare Essentials on 2-3 servers but are using local storage on each (no shared storage so no vmotion or HA).

What is the best/easiest way to deploy VMWare patches to these hosts? Especially since you cannot migrate Vcenter.

I know I have the option of waiting for a new VMWare iso to be released which has the patches slipstreamed but I was hoping for a way to deploy the patches easily without doing the inplace upgrade.

All of my clients are VMware 5.0 or 5.1.
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Schuyler DorseyAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You do not have to complete an in-place upgrade, you can transfer the patch from VMware Portal to the server and update, if not using vCenter Update Manager.

see here

VMware KB: Methods for upgrading to ESXi 5.1

Step by Step Guide here

http://www.vladan.fr/esxi-free-how-to-upgrade-to-esxi-5-1/

You need to enter Maintenance Mode, and Shutdown VMs on Hosts.
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