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@Lagus: No, is used the VMware online version, but booting using a HP ISO image should works as well. It will ask you to install or update the current ESXi install.

Open a SSH (putty) to your host, login as root ans use commands as explained beneath to update to 6.7 U1. You do need a internetconnection for your esxi environment. So make sure your IP settings are setup with a gateway etc.

1) esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpClient
2) esxcli software profile update -p ESXi-6.7.0-20181002001-standard \d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml
3) esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e false -r httpClient


Check ESXi build number this should be 10302608.


You might want to check the site https://esxi-patches.v-front.de for further patches. Clicking on image profile link also gives you the esxcli commands to be used. Good luck!



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Even with the hpvsa-5.5.0-88OEM.550.0.0.1331820.x86_64.vib i am still getting slow performance. I have 2 x 1tb ina  raid 1 WD RED's. I have installed ESXi 6.5.0 Update 2 (Build 9298722) on a microsd card here are my results after downgrading the vib :



ESXi Installed on SD Card with scsi-hpvsa
root@localhost:/vmfs/volumes/5bffc932-7b0c6459-12de-3ca82aa06204] time dd if=/d
ev/zero of=tempfile bs=8k count=1000000
1000000+0 records in
1000000+0 records out
real    19m 22.29s
user    0m 4.04s
sys     0m 0.00s


ESXi Installed on SD Card with scsi-hpvsa-5.5.0-88OEM.550.0.0.1331820.x86_64.vib
[root@localhost:/vmfs/volumes/5bffc932-7b0c6459-12de-3ca82aa06204] time dd if=/d
ev/zero of=tempfile bs=8k count=1000000
1000000+0 records in
1000000+0 records out
real    6m 18.39s
user    0m 3.89s
sys     0m 0.00s


I mean its a big improvement just wondered if there is anything else you guys can think about to increase the speed. 

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anyone tested 6.7 u2?


so ....


 Hardware precheck of profile ESXi-6.7.0-20190402001-standard failed with warnings: <CPU_SUPPORT WARNING: The CPU in this host may not be supported in future ESXi releases. Please plan accordingly.>

 Apply --no-hardware-warning option to ignore the warnings and proceed with the transaction.

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ESXi 6.7 Update 2 is installed. I do however use a Xeon E3 1265L V2 CPU.


I ran in to problems not having enough diskspace (although swap was enabled) doing an online upgrade. Reverted to booting with ISO instead of online upgrade. That worked flawlessly and much quicker.



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17 hours ago, pumek said:


upgrade from iso works :)


cpu 1260L

If you have a working system (pumek or any other), could you please confirm your system profile by typing the following via ESXi Shell / ssh with your ESXi instance?:


from ssh: ssh root@<ipaddress of ESXi> "esxcli software profile get"


from ESXi screen (iLO4)

1. Press Alt + F1 (or Alt + F2 to return), to access the ESXi shell.

2. Login (if you are unable, you will need to enable ESXi shell using the "<F2> Customise System -> Troubleshooting Options -> Enable ESXi Shell" option)

3. type at the prompt:

"esxcli software profile get" and copy the top part of the text (before VIB section)



As an example, you should get a response similar to the following attachment.

I am currently having problems with my ESXi build which I will make a thread about and this will greatly help in identifying if my software is the issue.



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