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Update offline bundle zip on standalone ESXi host using commandline without vCenter

This is a step by step procedure to update offline bundle zip on standalone ESXi host using command line without vCenter. I was updating few of my VMware ESXi servers in my home Lab environment. There were few ESXi hosts in the lab were standalone and not connected to any vCenter server. On the standalone server I was running Virtual Machines (It was not possible to move them), which I shutdown or suspended as per the maintenance window (Best way take backup of VMs). All my VMs are either suspended or Shut Down. 

Download ESXi server latest depot zip patch bundle file from VMware website.

Upload this Zip file on the Esxi Datastore using ESXi Host Client, Expand Storage go to Datastore and click Datastore Browser, Select the folder and Click Upload button to upload zip file as shown in the below screenshot. You can monitor the status of upload, click refresh once the process is completed to see the file details.

Vmware vSphere vCenter ESXi Datastore browser storage virtual machine  Network manage monitor upload files iso offline zip bundle localcli esxcli.png

Next Enable secure shell (SSH) on Host by right click or click Actions then Services.

VMware vSphere vCenter ESXi Host manage monitor virtual machines storage networking actions Services Enable secure shell ssh hardware dell hpe poweredge CPU Memory.png

You can check whether SSH is enabled by clicking Manage >> Services >> TSM-SSH. Here you can start and stop services.

VMware vSphere ESXi host manage monitor datastore networking virtual machines vm services start stop restart TSM-SSH running base systemxorg vpxa vmware vCenter agent syslog server packages.png

Login to ESXi server using ssh tool. Use below command as highlighted in the Red. Change the directory to ISOs folder on datastore (Where I uploaded zip file). Verify zip bundle file exists with ls command.

PS C:\Users\demir> ssh root@thor.vcloud-lab.com
Password:
The time and date of this login have been sent to the system logs.

WARNING:
   All commands run on the ESXi shell are logged and may be included in
   support bundles. Do not provide passwords directly on the command line.
   Most tools can prompt for secrets or accept them from standard input.

VMware offers powerful and supported automation tools. Please
see https://developer.vmware.com for details.

The ESXi Shell can be disabled by an administrative user. See the
vSphere Security documentation for more information.
[root@thor:~]
[root@thor:~] cd /vmfs/volumes/StarLord_Datastore01/ISOs/
[root@thor:/vmfs/volumes/6157d890-878ae980-677d-c81f66ea874d/ISOs]
[root@thor:/vmfs/volumes/6157d890-878ae980-677d-c81f66ea874d/ISOs] ls VMware-ESXi-8.0U1a-21813344-depot.zip
VMware-ESXi-8.0U1a-21813344-depot.zip
[root@thor:/vmfs/volumes/6157d890-878ae980-677d-c81f66ea874d/ISOs]

Vmware vSphere vCenter ESXi PowerShell PowerCLI ssh root vmfs volumes datastore storage esxi depot offline zip bundle update guid openssh client.png

Next I am going to use localcli command (You can also use esxcli). Using localcli list all the profiles in depot esxi zip bundle. I will use no-tools profile to update ESXi. Using localcli software profile update command and providing depot and profile parameters. you can see it starts updating ESXi process from zip depot profile, it takes some time for update. After successful update installation, reboot is required to take change to be effective.

VMware vSphere vCenter ESXi localCLI esxCLI software sources profile list depot esxi offline zip bundle no tools standard software profile update CPU_SUPPORT OVERRIDEWARNING CPUs in this are not supported by ESXI dependencyerror.png

[root@thor:/vmfs/volumes/6157d890-878ae980-677d-c81f66ea874d/ISOs]
[root@thor:/vmfs/volumes/6157d890-878ae980-677d-c81f66ea874d/ISOs] localcli software sources profile list --depot VMware-ESXi-8.0U1a-21813344-depot.zip
Name                           Vendor        Acceptance Level  Creation Time        Modification Time
-----------------------------  ------------  ----------------  -------------------  -----------------
ESXi-8.0U1a-21813344-standard  VMware, Inc.  PartnerSupported  2023-06-01T00:00:00  2023-06-01T00:00:00
ESXi-8.0U1a-21813344-no-tools  VMware, Inc.  PartnerSupported  2023-06-01T00:00:00  2023-05-24T06:02:20
[root@thor:/vmfs/volumes/6157d890-878ae980-677d-c81f66ea874d/ISOs]
[root@thor:/vmfs/volumes/6157d890-878ae980-677d-c81f66ea874d/ISOs] localcli software profile update --depot VMware-ESXi-8.0U1a-21813344-depot.zip --profile ESXi-8.0U1a-21813344-no-tools
Errors:
 [HardwareError]
 Hardware precheck of profile ESXi-8.0U1a-21813344-no-tools failed with warnings: CPU_SUPPORT OVERRIDEWARNING: The CPUs in this host are not supported by ESXi 8.0.1. You can override and force install, but it is not officially supported nor recommended.
 Apply --no-hardware-warning option to ignore the warnings and proceed with the transaction.
 Please refer to the log file for more details.
[root@thor:/vmfs/volumes/6157d890-878ae980-677d-c81f66ea874d/ISOs]
[root@thor:/vmfs/volumes/6157d890-878ae980-677d-c81f66ea874d/ISOs] localcli software profile update --depot VMware-ESXi-8.0U1a-21813344-depot.zip --profile ESXi-8.0U1a-21813344-no-tools --no-hardware-warning
Update Result:
   Message: The update completed successfully, but the system needs to be rebooted for the changes to be effective.
   VIBs Installed: VMware_bootbank_bmcal-esxio_8.0.1-0.10.21813344, VMware_bootbank_bmcal_8.0.1-0.10.21813344, VMware_bootbank_clusterstore_8.0.1-0.10.21813344, VMware_bootbank_cpu-microcode_8.0.1-0.10.21813344, VMware_bootbank_crx_8.0.1-0.10.21813344, VMware_bootbank_esx-base_8.0.1-0.10.21813344, VMware_bootbank_esx-dvfilter-generic-fastpath_8.0.1-0.10.21813344, VMware_bootbank_esx-update_8.0.1-0.10.21813344, VMware_bootbank_esx-xserver_8.0.1-0.10.21813344, VMware_bootbank_esxio-base_8.0.1-0.10.21813344, VMware_bootbank_esxio-combiner-esxio_8.0.1-0.10.21813344, VMware_bootbank_esxio-combiner_8.0.1-0.10.21813344, VMware_bootbank_esxio-dvfilter-generic-fastpath_8.0.1-0.10.21813344, VMware_bootbank_esxio-update_8.0.1-0.10.21813344, VMware_bootbank_esxio_8.0.1-0.10.21813344, VMware_bootbank_gc-esxio_8.0.1-0.10.21813344, VMware_bootbank_gc_8.0.1-0.10.21813344, VMware_bootbank_loadesx_8.0.1-0.10.21813344, VMware_bootbank_loadesxio_8.0.1-0.10.21813344, VMware_bootbank_native-misc-drivers-esxio_8.0.1-0.10.21813344, VMware_bootbank_native-misc-drivers_8.0.1-0.10.21813344, VMware_bootbank_trx_8.0.1-0.10.21813344, VMware_bootbank_vdfs_8.0.1-0.10.21813344, VMware_bootbank_vds-vsip_8.0.1-0.10.21813344, VMware_bootbank_vsan_8.0.1-0.10.21813344, VMware_bootbank_vsanhealth_8.0.1-0.10.21813344
   VIBs Removed: VMware_bootbank_bmcal-esxio_8.0.1-0.0.21495797, VMware_bootbank_bmcal_8.0.1-0.0.21495797, VMware_bootbank_clusterstore_8.0.1-0.0.21495797, VMware_bootbank_cpu-microcode_8.0.1-0.0.21495797, VMware_bootbank_crx_8.0.1-0.0.21495797, VMware_bootbank_esx-base_8.0.1-0.0.21495797, VMware_bootbank_esx-dvfilter-generic-fastpath_8.0.1-0.0.21495797, VMware_bootbank_esx-update_8.0.1-0.0.21495797, VMware_bootbank_esx-xserver_8.0.1-0.0.21495797, VMware_bootbank_esxio-base_8.0.1-0.0.21495797, VMware_bootbank_esxio-combiner-esxio_8.0.1-0.0.21495797, VMware_bootbank_esxio-combiner_8.0.1-0.0.21495797, VMware_bootbank_esxio-dvfilter-generic-fastpath_8.0.1-0.0.21495797, VMware_bootbank_esxio-update_8.0.1-0.0.21495797, VMware_bootbank_esxio_8.0.1-0.0.21495797, VMware_bootbank_gc-esxio_8.0.1-0.0.21495797, VMware_bootbank_gc_8.0.1-0.0.21495797, VMware_bootbank_loadesx_8.0.1-0.0.21495797, VMware_bootbank_loadesxio_8.0.1-0.0.21495797, VMware_bootbank_native-misc-drivers-esxio_8.0.1-0.0.21495797, VMware_bootbank_native-misc-drivers_8.0.1-0.0.21495797, VMware_bootbank_trx_8.0.1-0.0.21495797, VMware_bootbank_vdfs_8.0.1-0.0.21495797, VMware_bootbank_vds-vsip_8.0.1-0.0.21495797, VMware_bootbank_vsan_8.0.1-0.0.21495797, VMware_bootbank_vsanhealth_8.0.1-0.0.21495797
   VIBs Skipped: VMW_bootbank_atlantic_1.0.3.0-11vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_bcm-mpi3_8.4.2.0.0.0-1vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_bfedac-esxio_0.1-1vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_bnxtnet_223.0.0.0-1vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_bnxtroce_223.0.0.0-1vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_brcmfcoe_12.0.1500.3-4vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_cndi-igc_1.2.10.0-1vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_dwi2c-esxio_0.1-7vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_dwi2c_0.1-7vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_elxiscsi_12.0.1200.0-11vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_elxnet_12.0.1250.0-8vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_i40en_1.11.3.5-1vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_iavmd_3.0.0.1010-8vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_icen_1.5.1.21-1vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_igbn_1.4.11.7-1vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_intelgpio_0.1-1vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_ionic-en-esxio_20.0.0-40vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_ionic-en_20.0.0-40vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_irdman_1.3.1.25-1vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_iser_1.1.0.2-1vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_ixgben_1.7.1.40-1vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_lpfc_14.2.560.8-23vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_lpnic_11.4.62.0-1vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_lsi-mr3_7.724.03.00-1vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_lsi-msgpt2_20.00.06.00-4vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_lsi-msgpt35_26.00.00.00-3vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_lsi-msgpt3_17.00.13.00-2vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_mlnx-bfbootctl-esxio_0.1-1vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_mnet-esxio_0.1-1vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_mtip32xx-native_3.9.8-1vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_ne1000_0.9.0-2vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_nenic_1.0.35.0-5vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_nfnic_5.0.0.35-4vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_nhpsa_70.0051.0.100-4vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_nmlx5-core-esxio_4.23.0.36-14vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_nmlx5-core_4.23.0.36-14vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_nmlx5-rdma-esxio_4.23.0.36-14vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_nmlx5-rdma_4.23.0.36-14vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_nmlxbf-gige-esxio_2.2-1vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_nmlxbf-pmc-esxio_0.1-1vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_ntg3_4.1.10.0-4vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_nvme-pcie-esxio_1.2.4.7-1vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_nvme-pcie_1.2.4.7-1vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_nvmerdma_1.0.3.9-1vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_nvmetcp_1.0.1.7-1vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_nvmxnet3-ens-esxio_2.0.0.23-2vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_nvmxnet3-ens_2.0.0.23-2vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_nvmxnet3-esxio_2.0.0.31-2vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_nvmxnet3_2.0.0.31-2vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_penedac-esxio_0.1-1vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_pengpio-esxio_0.1-1vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_pensandoatlas_1.46.0.E.28.1.303-2vmw.800.1.0.20796881, VMW_bootbank_penspi-esxio_0.1-1vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_pvscsi-esxio_0.1-5vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_pvscsi_0.1-5vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_qcnic_1.0.15.0-22vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_qedentv_3.40.5.70-7vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_qedrntv_3.40.5.70-3vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_qfle3_1.0.67.0-32vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_qfle3f_1.0.51.0-32vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_qfle3i_1.0.15.0-20vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_qflge_1.1.0.11-1vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_rd1173-esxio_0.1-1vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_rdmahl_1.0.0-1vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_rste_2.0.2.0088-7vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_sfvmk_2.4.0.2010-15vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_smartpqi_80.4385.0.200-1vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_spidev-esxio_0.1-1vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_vmkata_0.1-1vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_vmksdhci-esxio_1.0.3-3vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_vmksdhci_1.0.3-3vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_vmkusb-esxio_0.1-16vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_vmkusb_0.1-16vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMW_bootbank_vmw-ahci_2.0.15-1vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMware_bootbank_elx-esx-libelxima.so_12.0.1200.0-6vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMware_bootbank_esx-ui_2.12.0-21482143, VMware_bootbank_lsuv2-hpv2-hpsa-plugin_1.0.0-4vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMware_bootbank_lsuv2-intelv2-nvme-vmd-plugin_2.7.2173-2vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMware_bootbank_lsuv2-lsiv2-drivers-plugin_1.0.2-1vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMware_bootbank_lsuv2-nvme-pcie-plugin_1.0.0-1vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMware_bootbank_lsuv2-oem-dell-plugin_1.0.0-2vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMware_bootbank_lsuv2-oem-lenovo-plugin_1.0.0-2vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMware_bootbank_lsuv2-smartpqiv2-plugin_1.0.0-10vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMware_bootbank_qlnativefc_5.4.69.0-16vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMware_bootbank_vmware-esx-esxcli-nvme-plugin-esxio_1.2.0.52-1vmw.801.0.0.21495797, VMware_bootbank_vmware-esx-esxcli-nvme-plugin_1.2.0.52-1vmw.801.0.0.21495797
   Reboot Required: true
   DPU Results:
[root@thor:/vmfs/volumes/6157d890-878ae980-677d-c81f66ea874d/ISOs]

Restart ESXi server with reboot command.

[root@thor:/vmfs/volumes/6157d890-878ae980-677d-c81f66ea874d/ISOs]
[root@thor:/vmfs/volumes/6157d890-878ae980-677d-c81f66ea874d/ISOs] reboot -f
[root@thor:/vmfs/volumes/6157d890-878ae980-677d-c81f66ea874d/ISOs] Connection to thor.vcloud-lab.com closed by remote host.
Connection to thor.vcloud-lab.com closed.

VMware vSphere vCenter ESXcli connection to esxi reboot -f vmfs volumes datastore storage networking virtual machines vm esxcli localcli software update profile vib list updates.png

After reboot check ESXi version. It looks good and I am ready to PowerOn VMs.

VMware vSphere vCenter ESXi lastest build customize system f2 f12 shutdown restart update upgrade offline vib bundle zip esxi depot after upgrade version.png

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