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/

 

3 comments

  1. I got the same error and followed your post and all was fine!! 🙂

    I got the latest version by typing:
    esxcli software sources profile list -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml | grep -i ESXi-6.5

    I then did the upgrade by first changing the firewall:
    esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpClient

    Then the upgrade using the latest file:
    esxcli software profile update -p ESXi-6.5.0-20170104001-standard -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml

    Thanks!!!
    /Jeppe

  2. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I WAS STRUGGLING WITH THIS FOR 2 WEEKS, AND TYPING THESE 2 COMMANDS DID THE TRICK FOR ME:

    –> esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpClient —-> THIS ALLOWS THE HTTP TRAFFIC

    –> esxcli software profile update -p [ESXi-5.5.0-20151004001-standard] -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml —-> THE NAME OF THE IMAGE PROFILE IN THE [SQUARE] BRACKETS –> YOU NEED TO GET FROM VMWARE’S SITE FOR THE VERSION YOU WANT TO UPGRADE TO

    –> reboot —> REBOOTING FOR THE CHANGES TO TAKE EFFECT

    GOOD LUCK EVERYBODY!

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