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How do I upgrade my Vmware Host?

I am new to Vmware. We have two virtual host servers and use Vsphere client to manage them.  I recently tried to create a Windows Server 2012 Virtual Server but discovered that I need to upgrade our client/vsxi from 5.0 to 5.5.  I dutifully downloaded the 5.5 update rollup from their website as an ISO - created a DVD, put it in the virtual server CDROM and rebooted (making sure DVD is selected to boot first in BIOS) - but it does not boot from the CDROM so how on earth do I upgrade?

thanks in advance.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
this is one method of upgrading...

and I've recently tested, this and you can upgrade from 5.0 to 5.5 using this method below.

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

as for your issue, ESXi 5.5.0 Driver Rollup 1 should not be used for Upgrades.

use this download here:-

ESXi ISO image (Includes VMware Tools)
 VMware-VMvisor-Installer-5.5.0-1331820.x86_64.iso

https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/details?downloadGroup=ESXI550
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fuzzyfreakAuthor Commented:
Help! I have followed this upgrade process but now cannot log on via Vsphere client or putty - the server is up and showing me that it is 5.5 but I get connection refused in putty and "server took too long...." in the client.
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fuzzyfreakAuthor Commented:
Its' OK, it just needed another reboot, so success!  Thanks very much.
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