VMware ESXi In-Place Upgrade Version 6.7 to 7 🌱

Downloading the Update

  1. Open a web browser and navigate to https://customerconnect.vmware.com/
  2. Register or login with an existing account
  3. After logging in, navigate to https://customerconnect.vmware.com/downloads/details?downloadGroup=ESXI700&productId=974&rPId=45006
  4. Use the Select Version dropdown to set the target update version
  5. Scroll down and download the VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) Offline Bundle

Applying the Update

  1. Log into the VMware vSphere ESXi web UI
  2. Enable the SSH service if it is not already enabled by selecting Actions > Services > Enable Secure Shell (SSH)
  3. Select Storage from the left navigation menu
  4. Click Datastore browser in the main content area > Select a target Data store > Click Upload > Browse to and select the downloaded Offline Bundle .zip file
  5. After the upload completes, connect to the ESXi host via SSH
  6. Run the following commands
    # put the host into maintenance mode
    vim-cmd hostsvc/maintenance_mode_enter
    # list datastores
    ls /vmfs/volumes
    # run the update, replacing the datastore name and update file name
    esxcli software profile update -p ESXi-7.0U2a-17867351-standard -d "/vmfs/volumes/SATAHDD/VMware-ESXi-7.0U2a-17867351-depot.zip"
    # after the update completes, reboot the host
    # once the host is back up, log back in
    # take the host out of maintenance mode
    vim-cmd hostsvc/maintenance_mode_exit
  7. Log back into the VMware vSphere ESXi web UI
  8. Verify the updated version is displayed