VMware: VMware vShphere Host Update Utility still the fastest way to apply 4.1 Update 1

The VMware Host Update Utility can’t “Upgrade Host” your system anymore since vSphere 4.1 with the download .zip files (in my case to upgrade to vSphere 4.1 Update 1 – update-from-esxi4.1-4.1_update01.zip ) …but you can still use the “Scan for Patches” option to apply the latest patches or even full Updates.

Today I updated my ESXi 4.1.0 server to Update 1 with the VMware Host Update Utility

 

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Update time: 4 minutes

 

Upgrade log:

 

Patching 192.168.77.130
Start uploading files to host
Metadata and binaries have been successfully uploaded
Scanning the host completed
Start installing patches
Installing patches on 192.168.77.130  : ESXi410-201101201-SG, ESXi410-201101202-UG, ESXi410-201101223-UG, ESXi410-201101224-UG, ESXi410-Update01 
Trying to put the host into maintenance mode
Entered maintenance mode successfully
Start uploading files to host
Metadata and binaries have been successfully uploaded
Start rebooting host   192.168.77.130 
Start rebooting host
Host reboot started successfully, Please make sure the host is successfully booted
Reboot host succeeded   192.168.77.130 
Installing patches succeeded on host 192.168.77.130   
Installation of patches succeeded

Patching has succeeded.

The host will be rebooted….Success

 

^ Note: The process will auto join maintenance mode, after installation the host will reboot automatically

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11 thoughts on “VMware: VMware vShphere Host Update Utility still the fastest way to apply 4.1 Update 1

  1. Nope no bugs, Host Update Utility is an official supported application. It only doesn’t support the rollback function.. VMware Update Manager does.

    + You can update/patch with this tool by GUI (no console or CLI)
    + You can update/patch without vCenter
    + You can update/patch multiple hosts one-by-one (VUM also)

    – You can’t upgrade to a new version
    – You can only connect with the “root” account

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