Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Installing HP ESXi Offline Bundle for VMware ESXi 4.1

If ESXi 4.1 has been implemented on a HP ProLiant Server using the general VMware build (as opposed to the HP build that can be obtained by Googling "download vmware esxi HP";) to install the HP ESXi Offline bundle - that can be downloaded from HP's website - to get storage information (and more) under the hardware status tab in the vSphere client; follow the procedure below:

1) Put the host into maintenance mode
2) Via the vSphere CLI, run this command from C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware vSphere CLI\bin --server X.X.X.X --install --bundle

<< Where X.X.X.X is the IP address of the host >>
<< The bundle name included above is correct as downloaded from HP's website in November 2010 >>

3) Reboot the host

Example below where is the IP Address of the ESXi host to be upgraded:

C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware vSphere CLI\bin> --server --install --bundle

Enter username: root
Enter password:

Please wait patch installation is in progress ...
The update completed successfully, but the system needs to be rebooted for the changes to be effective.