ESXi 5.1.0, 1065491 Upgrade path from 5.1.0, 1065491 to the most

I would like to upgrade my ESXi server from 5.1.0, 1065491 to the most current patch/ fix.

Does anyone know the Upgrade path from where I’m at to the current patch and how do I go about getting and installing the latest patch?

Thanks in advance for all help in this matter.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Do you mean ESXi 5.1 ?

The following is ESXi-5.1.0-20160504001-standard (Build 3872664) from 2016-05-24

or did you want to go to 5.5, 6.0 or 6.5 ?

Quite simply do the following, remotely via SSH or at the console....

Make sure the host is in Maintenance Mode

and then type

esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpClient
esxcli software profile update -p ESXi-5.1.0-20160504001-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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it must be in maintenance mode to update, and this will obtain the update from the Internet.

This method is similar to my EE Article here

https://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/18799/HOW-TO-Upgrade-VMware-ESXi-5-1-to-ESXi-6-0-in-5-easy-steps.html

Just change the files, to upgrade to what you want to do.

There are other options, you could download an ISO, if one is available, and BOOT the server, but the quickest method if your Host has access to the internet, is download and update direct from Internet.
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NJ-EWhiteAuthor Commented:
Yes, I mean 5.1.

Can this be done while the Users connected?

And I would like to go to the latest version.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Users connected to Virtual Machines, all virtual machines need to be Powered OFF, or running on another HOST.

And I would like to go to the latest version.

of VMware vSphere 5.1

or VMware vSphere 6.5 ?

because 6.5 is a little more complicated, the first hurdle, is does your HOST support 6.5 ?

e.g. is it on the HCL, what hardware do you have, e.g. make and model or server, and I can check.

Do you have vCenter Server ?

Do you have Licenses for 6.5 ?
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NJ-EWhiteAuthor Commented:
I have a Dell Power Edge R720.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Okay, certified for 6.5.

so do you have a license or are you using free ?

do you have vCenter Server, because these needs to be updated first to 6.5.

As for upgrading to 6.5, there is no direct path from 5.1.

So, a few options,  new install of 6.5 ESXi OEM from DELL, or upgrade to 5.5, and the upgrade to 6.5.
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NJ-EWhiteAuthor Commented:
I do have a vCenter Server.

I want to upgrade, but not have the users down.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you want to upgrade to VMware vSphere 6.5 you will need to upgrade to vCenter Server 6.5 - FIRST

Do you have vMotion?

Do you have a SAN ?

To upgrade ESXi 5.1 to ESXi 5.5, or ESXi 6.5 requires VMs are Powered OFF, and Host is in Maintenance Mode, if you have shared storage and vMotion it's possible to complete upgrades in real time with no downtime.

if you do not have vMotion and Shared Storage, you WILL HAVE TO schedule DOWNTIME
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NJ-EWhiteAuthor Commented:
I had a 3rd party vender put this in place.  How would I know if I have vMotion?  

I'm still pretty new at this.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
well first, do you have shared storage and more than a single host ?

e.g. SAN, NAS
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NJ-EWhiteAuthor Commented:
We only have a single host in One location, and we backup in one location and replicate to our 2nd location.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
So I'm afraid you have no choice to shutdown all VMs before upgrade

E.g schedule downtime
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NJ-EWhiteAuthor Commented:
OK I will do it on tomorrow night.  After the user are gone.

I believe I can get the license for the upgrade.  We currently have support with them.

I going to look in to it right now.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you are going to 6.5 you need to be on vCenter 6.5 first!

And there is no upgrade from 5.1 to 6.5 so install new VCSA 6.5 first

Later complete ESXi 5.1 to 6.5
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NJ-EWhiteAuthor Commented:
OK!  Thanks!  I will hold this open until tomorrow evening.

Thanks.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
hey no problems....
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NJ-EWhiteAuthor Commented:
Andrew,

I didn't work on it last night.  The wife made it a date night.  LOL!

I will be working on it tonight.
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