Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Installing HP ESXi Offline Bundle for VMware ESXi 5.0

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.

The End!

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.'


  1. great article!

  2. Is this also possible for the entry level HP server "Proliant Microserver N40L"? By default I only see some Processor info and software.

    1. Hello Anonymous. The offline bundle is not a listed download for the N40L - only listed for ML,DL and blades. If you have a supported RAID controller, the agents may pick up storage information from this. Cheers!

    2. Thanks for the answer. A post of somebody confused me since he installed the software on the exact same machine and said the sensors worked for him..stange since the mboard of this machine doesn't support virt. passthrough.

  3. Cool stuff! Just what I was looking for!

  4. So glad I found this article.

  5. Many thanks - exactly what I was looking for!

  6. thanks works great. please note it took a while to install the offline bundle on our ML380 G6's so be paitent and it eventually installs.


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