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what is the best way to install update 3 to esxi 4.1

What is the best method for me to install update 3 to esxi 4.1 and what are the steps needed to perform this?
Update manager is not installed so not sure if I should just use esxupdate and if so can I get the steps needed to make this happen?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Two options:-

1. Download the ISO burn to a CDROM and Boot the Server, and perform and inplace upgrade.

2. Download the Latest update from VMware Patch Portal
http://www.vmware.com/patchmgr/findPatch.portal

the latest update is in fact.....

ESXi/ESX 4.1 Patch 8       Release 2013-04-30       Build 1050704

download the bundle, upload to your ESXi server, and run the update from the console.

Yes, you use esxupdate....or vihostupdate

esxupdate --bundle location of the ESX upgrade ZIP bundle update
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vmichAuthor Commented:
Ok so I have downloaded the update 3 patch that I need right now so just burn that to a cd and then boot the host from it?
I downloaded esxi 4.1 update 3 and I see in the directory 4 vib file. Not sure if I can make a cd from this to boot the host from can I or do I need to download something else?
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vmichAuthor Commented:
So if I download this  ESX-4.1.0-update03-800380.iso
I can just make a cd and boot the host from it and it will know that it is just an upgrade and will not change anything on the host but just do the upgrade to update 3 correct?
It knows that this is an upgrade and not a new install correct?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
if you have vib files only, there is not an iso!

you need to download the FULL ISO CDROM, not just the patch files.

if you download the patch, use esxupdate, if you download the cdrom iso, burn to a cdrom, and Install (Upgrade!)
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Correct, it detects the existing version and performs an upgrade, WHEN Prompted to PRESERVE VMFS,. select yes, this will then not overwite your VMs!
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vmichAuthor Commented:
Ok thanks....
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vmichAuthor Commented:
I see the esx 4.1 update 3 iso on the site but I don't see the one for esxi 4.1 update 3
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vmichAuthor Commented:
found it never mind,
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vmichAuthor Commented:
well I booted from the cd but it did not do an upgrade, it blew away my config on the host.
Any idea why?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Did you select the correct option?

Did it detect an existing ESXi installation?
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vmichAuthor Commented:
It never gave me an option for anything and it did say it saw the other partition and esxi
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
At that point, I would have aborted, it should recognise a current installation, and prompt to upgrade, and then ask to preserve VMFS?
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