Want to add patches to HP Custom ESXi image

The newest HP Custom ESXi image on the 5.5 version is Update 2 build 2068190 of what I can see. After this release, there have been several patches. Is there a way to add the patches to the image to be able to deploy the HP custom image iso with all the latest patches embedded? I looked at VMware Image Builder, but from what I can see it only creates a new image based on the patch you choose and does not embed it with an existing image. Thus I would be creating a generic image, and not ending up with a HP specific image.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Have you been here to this website.....


Do you not use VMware Update Manager to apply updates to your servers after build ?
itniflAuthor Commented:
Normally yes, but not in this environment. That is why I would like to merge the updates in with the original HP custom installation source.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I would look at the vibsdepot.

We never do this, if this is for customer deployment, we like to check each build at deployment, and then add the latest update manually.

The reason for this, is updating a version gives you a rollback to the previous version, if advised to do so by VMware, if you "slipstream an custom OEM ESXi" you cannot do this, and you would then have to do a complete re-install of that version.

All updates are cumulative, so you only need to apply the latest, and it does not take long to do from the command line/console.

see here, as an example, 6.0.0 GA to 6.0.0b (same commands used for 5.5!)


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itniflAuthor Commented:
The ESXi host in this situation is standalone and without vCenter or Update Manager.
I guess I could apply the latest update using esxcli or some other tool?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, just as per my EE Article!

5 minute job.
itniflAuthor Commented:
As far as I can see your article describes updating a host with Update Manager. Using Update Manager is not an option as I have stated, because there is no Update Manager in the environment where this host exists(and there will not be one in the future either).
itniflAuthor Commented:
Found the esxcli commands I can use without using update manager. They are here:
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I add few storage drivers to deployment images that are not with HP image and according to supplier must be installed with extra reboot (Netapp as one example)
Say this looks working:
Remember - more drivers = more space, and once you fill 256MB bootbank you cannot add host to vcenter....
itniflAuthor Commented:
Thank you both!
Andrew Hancock: The correct article was a good one, and just the right one!
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