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Upgrade from ESXi 5.5 to 6.5

Hi Guys,

We've upgraded from VMWare ESXi 5.0 to ESXi 5.5
The VSphere client V6.0 no longer connects to the host.

Alternatively, I would like to upgrade to the free version of 6.5, but the website links doesn't seem to work.

Does anyone perhaps have a download link for the free version of 6.5?
Or a client which will work on ESXi version 5.5?

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

8/22/2022 - Mon

VSphere client V6.0?

What do you mean the VSphere client? Are you talking about the VCSA? Or are you talking about the old full fat client?

Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

Correct, you need to download and use the new vSphere Client. (downloads and install it).

Try this version here...


This is VMware vSphere Client 6.0 Update 3 the last version of the vSphere Client which is now defunct, because Host Client and Web Clients have replaced it.

The latest version of ESXi to download is ESXi 6.7.

Rupert Eghardt

Thank you Andrew,

We've tried version 6.7, but unfortunately the hardware does not support this version.

We should perhaps go with version 6.0 or 6.5?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

You'll not be able to download for FREE, unless you have a valid license.

The only FREE evaluation is 6.7.
Rupert Eghardt

I don't mind a trial version

We are trying to upgrade to version 6 but getting the following error (see attached)
Rupert Eghardt

VSphere client still unable to connect to the server after upgrade to 5.5

Client from this location:

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

The only current trial versions that are now available are 6.7.

(the free version).

Older versions of ESXi are only available to registered, licensed users.

So vSphere Client 6.0 U3 does not work, or connect to the server, what is the error message, the server could be broken?

If you are still on 5.5 use this download

Rupert Eghardt

Thank you Andrew,

Here is the client connection error,
We are still on 5.5
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

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Rupert Eghardt

Thanks Andrew,

The 5.5 is now connecting after the 5.5 Esxi upgrade.

Problem now is that the Virtual Server is present, but the data-store is empty.
Only 1.1Gb of data used.

Could this mean that the VM was lost in the upgrade process?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

Okay, the question is solved, we will deal with the upgraded issue and lack of VMs, in a new question.