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Hi Experts,

We currently have 5 Esxi servers that our unlicensed(inherited) running ver 4.1 and 5.0 and manged individually via Vsphere

1) How can i view each server for installed and missing esxi server patches?
2) How can I install new patches.
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First obtain the BUILD number from the vSphere Client, and then cross check against the patch portal

https://www.vmware.com/patchmgr/findPatch.portal

ESXi 5.x

1. Download the patches from the patch portal,
2. Connect to ESXi 5.x via SSH
3. Patch manually on the server using the esxcli command

the same procedure as in this article

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

4.1

Same as above, but you will need to use the esxupdate command.

see here

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1002368
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by:talltree
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Thank You Andrew,

Also is there a command or another way to view installed patches on each ESxi?

Thanks
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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You cannot really list patches, you can list VIBs, Driver versions, and the Build Number of ESXi.

The build number is what you need to go by.

There are no real patch numbers like with Windows which are meaningful, VMware bundles all the "patches" into Updates/Upgrades.
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by:talltree
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Thank You Andrew.
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not a problem!
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