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Patching ESXi 6.7

This tutorial is to show how to update/patch a VMware ESXi 6.7 server.

This case is to update ESXi 6.7 P01 (build#15160138) to ESXi 6.7 EP 15(build#16316930).

Version Version Release Name Release Date Build Number
Current version ESXi 6.7 P01 ESXi670-201912001 12/05/2019 15160138
Target version ESXi 6.7 EP 15 ESXi670-202006001 06/09/2020 16316930


1. Verify the current version

  • SSH to the ESXi host
  • # vmware -v

2. Download the patch file from VMware patch Portal

3. Upload the patch to a datastore on the host

  • Note: VMware recommends creating a new directory on the datastore and uploading the patch file to this directory.

4. Enable ESXi Shell (formerly known as Tech Support Mode)

  • Log on to vCenter → Select the host → Configure → System → Services → Start ESXi Shell

Patch installation

1. Migrate or power off the VMs running on the host

2. Put the host into Maintenance mode

  • # vim-cmd hostsvc/maintenance_mode_enter

3. cd to the directory on the datastore where the patch file was uploaded

  • # cd /vmfs/volumes/Datastore/DirectoryName

4. to update

  • # esxcli software vib update -d “/vmfs/volumes/Datastore/DirectoryName/”

5. Reboot the server for the changes to be effective

6. Check the ESXi version is updated successfully

7. Exit maintenance mode after server reboots

  • # vim-cmd hostsvc/maintenance_mode_exit

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