ESXi upgrade image types

Ben Conner
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Hi,

What type of ISO images can be imported into the Update Manager?  I'm trying to import a 6.5 ESXi iso image (VMware-VIM-all-6.5.0-5973321.iso and VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.5.0.update01-5969303.x86_64.iso) and both were rejected as incompatible.

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Commented:
ESXi installer images....which are usually based on the filename

VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.7.0-build_number.x86_64.iso

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VMware-VIM-all-6.5.0-5973321.iso - this is VMware vCenter Server 6.5 U1 !!! (not an ESXi installer)

I would retry VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.5.0.update01-5969303.x86_64.iso it imports for me.

Check the download, check the MD5 published hash.
Ben ConnerCTO, SAS developer

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Ah.  Thank you, Andrew!  Knew I'd tanked something.
Just tried it though, and got the following error after it tried the upload:
Failed to import data.The uploaded upgrade package cannot be used with VMware vSphere Update Manager.
Also got a CIP error popup as well:

Please start the VMware Cip Message Proxy Service.  Earlier today I installed VMWare Workstation on my computer.  Could that be interfering with this?

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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which one ?

You cannot upload - VMware-VIM-all-6.5.0-5973321.iso !!!

the other should work if it's downloaded correctly.
Ben ConnerCTO, SAS developer

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I copied/pasted the ISO filename from your response; I have that on my workstation as well.  That was the message I got back.image import error screen
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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check the md5 hash. re-download it.

does it even attempt to import ? e.g. give a percentage ?>
Ben ConnerCTO, SAS developer

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It does the full import, thinks about it for a few minutes, then spits it out.  Will re-download it.
Ben ConnerCTO, SAS developer

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Just tried it again, same issue.  Uploads the iso file, thinks about it for a few seconds, then throws the error.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Version of VCSA ?

check the MD5 published hash is correct ?
Ben ConnerCTO, SAS developer

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VCSA is 6.7.0; checksums matched (MD5)
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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If you are on an early version of 6.7, I would upgrade to the latest.

There is no reason it should fail.
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I haven't applied updates to the VCSA in a while.  Will do that.  Speaking of updates, any negatives to the vSphere ones that came out within the last few weeks or so?
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Since this is going a bit off topic, I'll open a new thread based on what transpired this morning.

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