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Installing ESXi Patch on vCenter using Update Manager

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Update ManagerESXi600-201511001.zipHi,
 
 I like to apply this particular patch "VMware ESXi 6.0, Patch ESXi600-201511401-BG: Updates esx-base (2137546) - ESXi600-201511001.zip" to fix CBT error occuring in my backup software "NAKIVO".
I downloaded the patch and ready to install. When I read the install note, it said that I could use "VMware vSphere Update Manager" to install the patch. So I installed  "Update Manager" in vCenter computer and now "Update Manager" tab appears under Monitor section. How do I go about installing this patch?
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Scan, Create a baseline apply.

How many hosts do you have ?

is vCenter Server virtual ?

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There are two hosts and each host has several virtual machines.
Yes, vCenter server is virtual.
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So I could apply patch from vSphere client instead of vCenter? I can access both hosts one at a time from vSphere client.
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To use Update Manager, you must be connected to vCenter Server using vSphere Client or Web Client.

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Scan OptionAttached baselinesI scanned and it gave me summary screen showing 11 patches for 192.168.1.8 (this host has TS2 where vCenter runs from) and 14 patches for 192.168.1.2.
What do I do now?
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Read my EE Article, to Create a baseline, Attach a baseline, and then Remediate.

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VSphere Web ClientVSphere Web Client V6Due to difficulties in following your instructions in "HOW TO: Update (Patch) VMware ESXi 6.0.0 GA to ESXi 6.0.0b with VMware Update Manager (VUM)", I installed vCenter V6.0 on a separate stand-alone computer, but I can't find "Solutions and Applications" under Home on either vSphere Client V6.0 or vSphere Web Client.
What version of vSphere Client is it that you used in  your article?
Or can you point to the section where I can find  "Solutions and Applications"?

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After upgrading to vCenter V6.5, I finally see Upgrade Manager.
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Something was not registered or installed.

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@Andrew,

I ran updates on both ESXi hosts last night. During the update process in Update manager, under Maintenance Mode Options screen/Power State, I chose "Shutdown Virtual Machiens".  Hours later, I learned that both hosts became not accessible. When I checked both hosts on-site, the usb flash (boot) drive were on, but nothing was on the screen. So I rebooted each host. One host loaded ok and showed up in "Maintenance" mode in VSphere client, I chose "Exit Maintenance mode" and started each VM manually. All is good on this host.
But 2nd host would not start ESXi from the flash drive. I powered it off and on several times, but to no avail.
For now, I left the USB drive on and it is still constantly blinking (after 1 hour) and I am hoping that it is still applying "updates", perhaps? When I started this host without USB flash drive, I can see post boot information (machine summary .. etc).
But when I keep USB flash drive in, then I see no post boot information on the screen. The screen stayed in pitch dark and the USB flash drive was constantly blinking. Any thoughts or suggestions?
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Just seen this flash drive corrupted.

New install on new media.

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Is there a way to test if the USB media? What if I use it on another ESXi host?
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You should be able to plug the USB flash drive in any computer and it should at least boot!

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Thanks Andrew, I will try that later on another Host. I am currently creating a new USB ESXi flash drive.

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