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Vmware Host does not want to upgrade, rather reinstall

Thank you all in advance.

I have 10 Vmware ESXi, hosts and I am only seeing this issue on one of them

In the process of doing an in place upgrade from Vmware ESXi 6.5 to Vmware 6.5 U1.
on all hosts, which is all dell hardware, I have used the Virtual DVD option in the DRAC to load the iso.
The installed launches ever time without any issues.
On one host the installer does not find the existing install to upgrade, it just find volumes with VMFS partitions that will be over written. If I select the parition or disk where Vmare is installed, it treats it like a new install.
On all the other hosts, it recognized it as an install and ran the upgrade from 6.5 to 6.5 U1.
any ideas?
On all host of the 9 that went without issues, 8 are running Vmware from Dual SD cards. The host in questions has dual SD cards as well.

Any ideas why on this one host, the install is not seeing the current install?

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)
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Have you tried offline upgrade rather than CD-ROM upgrade or use Update Manager
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You could also try this, see my EE Article


but select the correct downloads....

or, quick one this.... enter maintenance mode on the host, all VMs off...

at SSH remote or console type

esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpClient
esxcli software profile update -p ESXi-6.5.0-20180304001-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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direct from internet....

this will update to ESXi-6.5.0-20180304001-standard (Build 7967591)

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