Tag Archives: ESXi

How To Patch vSphere 5 ESXi Without Update Manager

Since vSphere ESXi 5.0 uses the new VIB model the commands and process have changed slightly but the basic concepts are the same.


  1. Download the patch file you want directly from the VMware Patch Portal
  2. Ensure that you enable SSH for remote support on the ESXi Host
  3. Make sure your host is in Maintenance Mode, this is a requirement since you will need to reboot
  4. Transfer the update file over to the host using FileZilla or SCP to a MOUNTED DATASTORE of some kind. NOTE: There is not enough space to transfer this to a location on the local ESXi Image. It took me a bit to realize this was failing to copy.
  5. Once you have uploaded the file to a datastore, this is considered a “Local Depot Repository” as opposed to one on FTP or HTTP.


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Direct shortcut for opening a console to VMWare ESXi 4.x virtual machine

Got finally sick of opening the vSphere client every time I needed access to a virtual machine running on my ESXi 4.1 server. Did some googling and trying out couple of options and finally found a way to do this. “C:\Program Files\VMWare\Infrastructure\Virtual Infrastructure Client\4.1\vmware-vmrc.exe” -h <esxi_host> -u <username> -p <password> “[datastore1] myvm/myvm.vmx” via Direct shortcut

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