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how to upgrade esxi 5 to 5.5 directly

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       is it possible to upgrde from esxi 5 to 5.5 directly ?
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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Yes, using the CDROM Media and ESXi installer.

Insert the CDROM into server, Boot the server from the CDROM, and follow the wizard, it will upgrade, make sure you select PRESERVE VMFS, and it will not harm the VMs.

Check your server is on the HCL.
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by:Mohammed Khawaja
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The answer is "it depends."  There are many factors involved and it might be wise for you to refer to the upgrade guide:

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-55/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-55-upgrade-guide.pdf
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Easiest way id to do it using ESXCli.
Follow this below steps
http://www.vmwarearena.com/2013/10/vsphere-55-upgrade-to-esxi-55-via.html

Also make sure your server supports ESXi 5.5 by checking the VMware compatibility guide
http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php
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@Abhilash Hb Actually I'm afraid you are incorrect and so is the article you quoted is incorrect also. esxcli is only supported for 5.1 and 5.5, not 5.0. (you'll get a horrible error if you try!)

You may want to let him know!

See the VMware KB! Summary Table the Interactive CDROM, Scripted or Update Manager

VMware KB: Methods for upgrading to ESXi 5.5
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by:Abhilash
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@Andrew I'm afraid the KB Article is wrong. Take a look at this

https://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-55/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.vmware.vsphere.upgrade.doc%2FGUID-FE668788-1F32-4CB2-845C-5547DD59EB48.html

I think the KB has to be corrected.

Can you also tell what horrible error we may run into so we can ask VMware to correct it?
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@Abhilash Hb have you tried this?

We've tried an it fails. With a bootbank failure. The esxcli command does not complete, we've also had a few questions on here, as to why it fails!?

this would have been 5.0 U0 and U1, U2 and U3 are recent additions.

The OP can try, if so follow my EE Article.....

HOW TO: Upgrade from VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi 5.1 to VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi 5.5 for FREE

but follow the same steps as per 5.1, I also try in the lab and confirm tomorrow.
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I Haven't. Since its on the official documentation i thought it works. I will try it in my lab and tell you the results.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 1336 total points
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VMware ESXi 5.0 to 5.5 Update using esxcli
well, the picture above proves ESXi 5.0 u0 (GA) can be upgraded using the esxcli to 5.5 GA (non OEM versions).

The VMware Knowledgebase appears to be incorrect, but we would also agree with the KB, as we have not had it work in the field. We do not use VMware versions in the field, only HP, Dell and IBM versions.

so the fastest way, see my article, and use (give it a try!).

esxcli software profile update -d /vmfs/volumes/datastore1/VMware-ESXi-5.5.0-1331820-depot.zip -p ESXi-5.5.0-1331820-standard
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