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HOW TO: Update VMware ESXi 7.0U2 to ESXi 7.0U2a direct from VMware.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)
EE Fellow, MVE, Expert of the Year 2021,2017-11, Scribe 2016-2012, Author of the Year 2018-6,2013-2012 VMware vExpert Pro, vExpert 2022-2011
This video will show you how to update ESXi 7.0U2 to ESXi 7.0U2a in 2 easy steps to get your system up to the latest release. In this tutorial, the version of ESXi 7.0 installed is ESXi 7.0U2, released on 20 April 2021, but this article can be followed to upgrade any version of ESXi 7.0. If your ESXi host has access to the internet, this method will pull the update direct from the internet and update the ESXi host. If you prefer the slower old fashioned method or your host does not have access to the internet, please follow this article - HOW TO: Update VMware ESXi 7.0U2 to ESXi 7.0U2a in 5 easy steps

VMware has removed my older legacy processors (CPUs) from ESXi 7.0U2, and also storage and network controllers, please check the VMware Hardware Compatibility Lists (HCL) here.

for more additional guidance and a step by step tutorial with screenshots, which supports this video, please see the following article which this video is based on HOW TO: Update VMware ESXi 7.0U2 to ESXi 7.0U2a direct from VMware.

Video Steps

1. Connect to the ESXi 7.0 host server via SSH

Using the PuTTY application for Windows. Connect to the ESXi host server.

2. Check ESXi version

At the shell prompt, type the following

vmware -l

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esxcli system maintenanceMode set -e true

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esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpClient

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esxcli software profile update -p ESXi-7.0U2a-17867351-standard -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml

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if you need to apply and override the HCL check, add
--no-hardware-warning

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3. Reboot the server

Reboot the server from the host client
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by:Andrew Leniart
Another great video Andy, thanks for creating it!

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No problems, glad you liked it.

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