patching the esxi host

We have a single esxi 5.5 host, no vCentre server.
What is the best way to apply patches?
I am familiar with update manage, but it is not going to apply to my system since i do not have vcentre.
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Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
You can install patches on a single ESXi hosts via cli. In other words, connect via ssh to your host and install the patches through the command line.

The patches can be found here:

For installing patches via cli, follow this KB
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Please follow my EE Article...(my article shows how to patch 5.1 to 5.5, but it's the same commands and process, to patch 5.5 to 5.5 U2e.

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

You just need to download the patches from MyVMware, as the Path Portal has now been merged into My VMware, which means you will need a valid login, to download patches.

patch using the following command

esxcli software profile update -d /vmfs/volume/your_datastore/ -p ESXi-5.5.0-20150204001-standard

(as an example)

The most up to date patch is ESXi 5.5 Build 2718055


Imageprofile ESXi-5.5.0-20150504001-standard (Build 2718055)

You can update direct from the Internet if your Host has access to the Internet.

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sara2000Author Commented:
Thank you for this link, it has ton of info, I have added to my personal KB.
I only want to apply security patches,
is there any way I can apply all in one go ?
or I have to apply one at a time?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Just apply the latest, there is no need to apply them, all the last and latest patch is cumulative, and includes all the previous updates.
Matthew HinchliffeIT EngineerCommented:
I've just kicked off an update via SSH on one of our hosts, I just wondered roughly how long it takes to apply.  I've hit enter and just got the > prompt and it's been like that for about 10 minutes.

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