Upgrading ESXi from 6.0.x to 6.5

I recently upgraded my home ESXi server from 6.0.0U2 to 6.5 using the instructions at TinkerTry.

My initial attempt was a fail:

[root@emperor-esxi:~] esxcli software profile update -p ESXi-6.5.0-4564106-standard -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PR
ODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml
 [VibDownloadError]
 Failed to download VIB.
        url = vmkplexer-vmkplexer-6.5.0-0.0.4564106
  localfile = Unable to download VIB from any of the URLs https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/esx/vmw/vib20/vmkplexer-vmkplexer/VMW_bootbank_vmkplexer-vmkplexer_6.5.0-0.0.4564106.vib
 Please refer to the log file for more details.

I up arrowed and tried again with the same result. I tried with the following and that did the trick!

esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpClient
esxcli software profile update -p ESXi-6.5.0-4564106-standard -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PR
ODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml

Seems like the firewall was blocking that “vmkplexer” file.

This site seems to be very helpful in knowing what the latest patch file is: https://esxi-patches.v-front.de/

 

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