Upgrade VMware ESXi 5.* to 6.0 Part 2 – esxcli upgrade

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Upgrade VMware ESXi 5. to 6.0 Part 2 – esxcli upgrade logo

In the second part of series about upgrading VMware ESXi 5.* to 6.0 I will cover esxcli upgrade.

Prerequisites

In order to upgrade ESXi Server using esxcli we must download ESXi image from VMware website.

  1. You can easily find it by going to VMware website and selecting Download section. Then choose vSphere and click Download. pgrade VMware ESXi 5. to 6.0 Part 2 – esxcli upgrade - 1
  2. Select Go to downloads pgrade VMware ESXi 5. to 6.0 Part 2 – esxcli upgrade - 2
  3. Choose download method and login to your account.
  4. Accept VMware End User License Agreement and click Accept. pgrade VMware ESXi 5. to 6.0 Part 2 – esxcli upgrade - 3
  5. Download will start.
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Upload offline bundle to ESXi host

After we successfully downloaded VMware ESXi offline bundle we need to upload it to our ESXi host.

  1. Before we will do it you need to enable SSH in Security Profile of ESXi server. pgrade VMware ESXi 5. to 6.0 Part 2 – esxcli upgrade - 5
  2. Use your favorite SCP client to upload offline bundle zip file. I use WinSCP. pgrade VMware ESXi 5. to 6.0 Part 2 – esxcli upgrade - 6

VMware ESXi upgrade via esxcli

Once we have ESXi offline bundle on local disk we can start upgrade.

  1. Enter maintenance mode on Server you will upgrade. It can be done via GUI or command line. Since we will do command line upgrade let’s enter maintenance via ssh.
esxcli system maintenanceMode set --enable on
  1. You can verify if maintenance mode is enabled by executing following command.
esxcli system maintenanceMode get
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  1. We can now proceed with upgrade. Execute following command to upgrade your ESXi Server.
esxcli software vib update --depot=/vmfs/volumes/datastore/ESXi600-201507001.zip
  1. After a minute your ESXi Server will be upgraded - we just need to reboot it. pgrade VMware ESXi 5. to 6.0 Part 2 – esxcli upgrade - 8
  2. Server is rebooting. pgrade VMware ESXi 5. to 6.0 Part 2 – esxcli upgrade - 9
  3. And we successfully upgraded ESXi 5.5 to ESXi 6.0. pgrade VMware ESXi 5. to 6.0 Part 2 – esxcli upgrade - 10
  4. As you see upgrade of VMware ESXi from version 5.* to version 6.0 without so much effort.