The steps to install the offline bundle for VMware ESXi 5.0 has changed from VMware ESXi 4.X. The vihostupdate command used in ESXi 4.X does not work against ESXi 5.0 hosts.
1) Download the bundle.zip.
Either Google “HP ESXi Offline Bundle for VMware ESXi 5.0” or:
Go to www.hp.com → Support & Drivers → Drivers & Software → Search for the server model (e.g. ProLiant DL380 G5) → Select the server series → Select operating system = VMware ESXi 5.0 → Find “* RECOMMENDED* HP ESXi Offline Bundle for VMware ESXi 5.0 → Download
Note: If you have problems downloading the Offline Bundle (such as getting a prompt for ftp username and password); at the time of writing, the following link taken from the HTML source code – works:
2) Use WinSCP or similar to copy the name_of_bundle.zip to say the tmp directory on the ESXi 5.0 host server.
For WinSCP to work, check the SSH is running via the vSphere Client → Select Host → Configuration Tab → Security Profile → Services Properties → Start SSH
3) Put the host server into maintenance mode.
4) Use PuTTY or similar to establish an SSH connection to the host server, and run the command:
esxcli software vib install -d /tmp/name_of_bundle.zip
5) Reboot the host server.
Note: If you compare the 'Hardware Status' tab on the host server before and after installation of VIBs, notice the expanded and enhanced list of sensors including additional sensor categories for 'Battery' and 'Storage.'