Patch ESXi 4.1 to 4.1 U3 on a server not connected to the network

Hi Experts,

I have a ProLiant DL380p G8 server not connected to the network. It is powered up and connected via a KVM to a keyboard and Monitor. It is booting into ESXi 4.1 via a USB drive inserted into the internal USB port. I have the ESXi 4.1 U3 patch on another USB drive. Can patch the internal ESXi 4.1 USB drive via the external USB port with the patch on the second USB drive?
DColinAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
No, you cannot do this.

You must copy the patch file to the server, via the network, e.g. SCP.
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Peter VVMware InstructorCommented:
I personally never tried doing that so I can't  confirm it will work, but you can do it differently since you need to take the server down anyways you can shutdown the physical server and take the USB stick out of it, plug it in to your desktop/laptop computer and copy the tarball from the source USB to the ESXi bootable USB.

Boot the server up and execute the update from the command line.

Best of luck,
Peter
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DColinAuthor Commented:
Peter Velinov,

How do I access the command line? After I have coppied the files to the bootable USB and restarted the server the server will boot into ESXi.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
To execute the ESXi 4.1 U3 update needs to be done at the console of the ESXi Server....

esxupdate --bundle filename.zip update

it's possible you may be able to mount the USB flash drive with the update in an unsupported method...

see this article

Copy files to USB drive under VMware ESX4/ESXi4 (vSphere) console

You may want to ask @Peter, in more detail how you access the partitions on the USB flash drive, to copy the 450MB update file to! on your laptop/desktop, and what OS to use!
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DColinAuthor Commented:
Andrew Hancock,

When you say console of the ESXi server are you refering to the Keyboard connected to the server via the KVM switch? If so how do I access the command line because when I power up the server it boots into ESXi.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
When you say console of the ESXi server are you refering to the Keyboard connected to the server via the KVM switch?

Yes.

this is how you access the "hidden console"

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1017910
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DColinAuthor Commented:
Andrew Hancock,

I follow the instructions contained in this link.

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1017910 

I Enable Local Tech Support, and then it says press Esc three times to return to the main DCUI screen, but I can only press it twice because once I am at the EXSi 4.1 splash screen the only options are <F2> Customize System and <F12> Shut Down/Restart. So pressing Esc for the third time does not get me the DCUI console.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
press ALT+F1 simultaneously

does this give you a login prompt ?
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DColinAuthor Commented:
Andrew Hancock,

I will let you know tomorrow because I am out of the server room until then.
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