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Upgrading a stand-alone ESXi host to vSphere ESXi 5.1 Update 1 without Update Manager

June 23, 2013

I have several ESXi hosts in a home lab.  Recently I began using the vCenter Virtual Appliance which does not include vCenter Update Manager (VUM).   Instead of installing a Windows virtual machine just for VUM, I use the command-line procedure (below) to update my ESXi hosts.

  1. Configure your ESXi host to allow outgoing HTTP requests, and incoming SSH requests.  Check out the bLOG post How-to activate SSH in ESXi from Vladan SEGET if you need help.
  2. Use PuTTy to open an SSH session to your ESXi host.
  3. Get a list of all of the image profiles available by typing esxcli software sources profile list -d
  4. Once you identify the image profile you want to use for your upgrade type esxcli software profile install -d -p ESXi-5.1.0-20130402001-standard

Note: In my example (above) I used the image profile ESXi-5.1.0-20130402001-standard which is ESXi 5.1 U1.

Andreas Peetz has done an excellent job detailing the process in his bLOG post Quickest way to update your standalone host to ESXi 5.1 U1

William Lam also documented the process in his bLOG post A Pretty Cool Method of Upgrading to ESXi 5.1

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