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Update / Upgrade / Patch Offline

  1. Download the offline bundle zip file from VMware site.
  2. Upload the bundle zip file to a datastore accessible by the host.
  3. Place the host you want to upgrade into Maintenance Mode.
  4. SSH into the desired ESXi Host
  5. Execute esxcli command
    • esxcli software sources profile list -d /vmfs/volumes/<datastore path>/VMware-ESXi-<version>
  6. Execute esxcli command
    • esxcli software profile update -p <ESX profile name> -d /vmfs/volumes/<datastore path>/VMware-ESXi-<version>

Sources and useful links

Upgrade or Update a Host with Image Profiles

Update a Host with Individual VIBs

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