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Updating firmware on an ESXi IBM system with UpdateXpress

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Has anyone able to do firmware update within UpdateXpress on ESXi? (Like Windows and Linux)

CIM providers have been installed.

I tried withUpdateXpress   but it craps out without any error messages.

We have 100+ IBM blades running ESX, currently we are using pre-boot iso (made from IBM Bomc) to update the blade firmware. This is a painful process because it is limited at one blade at a time  per chassis.
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We've had no issues following the prerequisites from the support site.

what error message do you receive?
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Hi,

UpdateXpress spawns a new window and exit.  I will capture it when I back in the office. (It is running 5.5)
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This is what I have and I confirm the file is present.
ibm_utl_uxspi_9.61_winsrvr_32-64.exe update --vmware-esxi=https://root:password@esx1.example.com:5989 --esxi_updatefile=ftp://username@password@server1.example.com/opt/workingdir/ibm_fw_uefi_tke140y-1.60_anyos_32-64.xml

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Gathering inventory info from Vmware ESXi

-----Running VMware ESXi : root/brocade namespace
-----Running VMware ESXi : root/brcmbnxns namespace
-----Running VMware ESXi : ibm/imm0/cimv2 namespace
-----Running VMware ESXi : ibm/imm1/cimv2 namespace
-----Running VMware ESXi : ibm/imm2/cimv2 namespace
-----Running VMware ESXi : ibm/imm3/cimv2 namespace
-----Running VMware ESXi : root/emulex namespace
-----Running VMware ESXi : lsi/lsimr13 namespace
-----Running VMware ESXi : qlogic/cimv2 namespace
-----Running VMware ESXi : root/cimv2 namespace
-----Running VMware ESXi : root/ibmsd namespace
-----Running VMware ESXi : ibm/cimv2 namespace
UpdateXpress System Pack Installer Version 9.61.06
(C) Copyright IBM Corp. 2004-2014. All Rights Reserved.
Active Machine Type: 7875, OS: vSphere Hypervisor 5.5 (64 bit)
Gathering Inventory  done
Querying Updates failed
Cannot find UpdateXpress System Pack XML file or update packages for this Machine files for the specified machine-types are present.
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We are using IBM Upward Integration since we have not figure out this issue.

It is confirmed working even through it is a paid product -

http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?lndocid=migr-vmware
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Confirmed Upward Integration is working on ESXi.
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