How to upgrade ESXi 6.0 U1 to U2?

MichaelBalack
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This is using a single VMware ESXi host 6.0 U1 on DELL PowerEdge R630 server, not joining to any vCenter yet. However, my boss wants us to upgrade it to U2 instead. I search but couldn't get the update2 installer. By the way, what should I get the installer and upgrade it to the latest ESXi 6.0 with update 2?
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Richardson PortoSenior Infrastructure Specialist
Top Expert 2016
Commented:
Here is the direct link for two possible vSphere 6.0 Update 2 ISOs:

1) VMware ISO: https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=ESXI60U2&productId=491&rPId=11405
2) DELL customized ISO: http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/04/Drivers/DriversDetails?driverId=HPK76&fileId=3548200325&osCode=XI60&productCode=poweredge-r630&languageCode=en&categoryId=EC

And about the upgrade process, first make sure you have a valid backup and follow the instructions from the following blog post: http://blogs.vmware.com/kb/2013/11/upgrading-to-vmware-esxi-5-5-using-the-interactive-installer.html
Seth SimmonsSr. Systems Administrator
Commented:
another option is to get just the update from the patching portal, upload it to a data store then update on the console.  i've used this before on my R430's for updates and patches and works well.  you will need to reboot afterwards.

“esxcli software vib” commands to patch an ESXi 5.x/6.x host
https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2008939

on the download page (in the article) select ESXi
click the search button and a couple items down you will see the update2 zip file (march 15)
the rest of the article shows how to install from the console
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Expert of the Year 2017
Commented:
you could do this quickly and simply at the console or remotely via SSH, no need to download anything, use CDROM, ISO, providing your hosts have access to internet!

make sure in maintenance mode

ESXi 6.0 U1 to U2 (Build 3620759)

esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpClient
esxcli software profile update -p ESXi-6.0.0-20160302001-standard -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml
esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e false -r httpClient

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or if you want to ensure you are on the latest ESXi 6.0 (Build 4192238)

make sure in maintenance mode

esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpClient
esxcli software profile update -p ESXi-6.0.0-20160804001-standard -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml
esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e false -r httpClient

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MichaelBalackSenior System Engineer

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Thanks for all 3 experts - Andrew, Richardson, and Seth; for their expertise suggestions. All works with preference on Expert Andrew's, due do the simplicity and accuracy.

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