Esxi 5.5 updates

what's the best way to keep your hosts patched?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
1. Recommended method - VMware Update Manager

see my EE Articles

HOW TO: Upgrade VMware ESXi 5.1 and ESXi 5.5 to ESXi 6.0 with VMware Update Manager (VUM)

HOW TO: Update (Patch) VMware ESXi 6.0.0 GA to ESXi 6.0.0b with VMware Update Manager (VUM)

But, if you don't like VMware Update Manager, it can be done manually, with little effort, find out the latest Patches from VMware Patch Portal

https://www.vmware.com/patchmgr/findPatchByReleaseName.portal

and then to update to

ESXi-5.5.0-20170904001-standard (Build 6480324)  released last week on 2017-09-14

Type this in at the console or remotely via SSH, after Entering Maintenance Mode on your server.

direct update from the Internet..

esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpClient
esxcli software profile update -p ESXi-5.5.0-20170904001-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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Technical InformationAuthor Commented:
Great thank you
Technical InformationAuthor Commented:
Andrew if I've used Dell specific build to build the servers can I still run this update?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes!
Technical InformationAuthor Commented:
Amazing thanks!
Technical InformationAuthor Commented:
Andrew, how long does this part take?

esxcli software profile update -p ESXi-5.5.0-20170904001-standard -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml
Technical InformationAuthor Commented:
It failed with an error

address family not supported - can not download from depot?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
it's possible VMware have removed the patch!

you could always try and download it and apply.
Technical InformationAuthor Commented:
I've added the latest patch to a datastore but cant install it

Says it cant be found?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
see here

HOW TO: Upgrade VMware ESXi 5.5 to ESXi 6.0 in 5 easy steps

just make sure filename is correct for your 5.5 patch
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