HOW TO: Update VMware ESXi 7.0U1 to ESXi 7.0U2a using VMware vSphere Lifecycle Manager (vLCM)

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This video will show you how to update ESXi 7U1 to ESXi 7.0U2a using VMware vSphere Lifecycle Manager (vLCM) to get your system up to the latest release. In this tutorial, the version of ESXi 7.0 installed is ESXi 7.0U1, but this video can be followed to upgrade any version of ESXi 7.0. If you do not have vCenter Server 7.0,  and your ESXi host has access to the internet, there is a method shown in this video - HOW TO: Update VMware ESXi 7.0U2 to ESXi 7.0U2a direct from VMware.

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

It is not recommended to install ESXi 7.0 on USB or SD cards because of higher write I/O, and the SD cards are currently suffering because they are not higher endurance. Problems have been found in the wild.

It is technically still supported; eventually, this may filter down through the server vendors...

Some additional information regarding the use of USB and SD cards with VMware vSphere Hypervisor 7.0 (ESXi 7.0) and installations.

Installing ESXi on a supported USB flash drive or SD flash card (2004784)

vSphere 7 – ESXi System Storage Changes

VMware vSphere 7.x on Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers Getting Started Guide

Virtual SAN Considerations When Booting from a Flash Device

VMFS-L Locker partition corruption on SD cards in ESXi 7.0 (83376)

Video Steps

1. Connect to vCenter Server 7.0.

Using a web browser connect to vCenter Server 7.0.

2. Select the Cluster.

Select the Cluster to upgrade.

3. Create an Image.

Select updates, and create an image for the cluster, selecting the correct version of ESXi OEM Custom Addons, Firmware and Components.

4. Remediate the Cluster.

Remediate the Cluster, or specific hosts in the cluster.

5. Check results.

Once the upgrade has been completed check for errors or warnings. Everything should have green ticks!
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