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Updating ESXi via command line

A colleague of mine wanted to update their standalone ESXi home lab server and wanted to know what quick way there is to do it.  The method I am going to describe is just for minor version update ie from U1 to U2 and not for major updates such as 6.0 to 6.5. The method we are going to use is an esxcli command to do the update. The first step is to download the "offline bundle" from my.vmware.com Below I will describe a few different ways to update your ESXi host depending on your preferences and settings.  The command that we would be using throughout the article is esxcli software vib install -d %SourcePath% Method 1 : Upload offline bundle (.zip) to a datastore where the ESXi host has access to  Option a) Ensure SSH access is allowed to the host otherwise enable it first. SSH to the ESXi host and then run the command as described above, eg esxcli software vib install -d "/vmfs/volumes/datastore1/update-from-esxi6.5-6.5_update01.zip