Custom ESX 2.x.x Upgrade with a Tar-Ball

It is possible to upgrade/patch ESX 2.x remotely using tar ball and perl script from VMware. We must change the boot process to make sure the VMkernel is not loaded during this period using LILO commands

Note:

  • It is possible to upgrade/patch ESX 2.x remotely using tar ball and perl script from VMware
  • We must change the boot process to make sure the VMkernel is not loaded during this period using LILO commands 
  1. Download the tar.gz file from VMware – use md5sum to check the file has not been corrupted
  2. Using scp or WinSCP transfer the tar.gz file to your /tmp or /vmimages location   
  3. Untar the tar.gz file with: tar -xvzf esx-2.5.x.xxxxx-upgrade.tar

    Note:
    This will take some time! 

     

  4. Change the boot option andReboot ESX withlilo -R linux-up
    reboot        

     

    Note:
    When you reconnect to the Service Console, confirm you have not loaded the Vmkernel. An easy check is to ls /vmfs. No Vmkernel, No VMFS…

    When you reconnect to the Service Console, confirm you have not loaded the Vmkernel. An easy check is to ls /vmfs. No Vmkernel, No VMFS…

    When you reconnect to the Service Console, confirm you have not loaded the Vmkernel. An easy check is to ls /vmfs. No Vmkernel, No VMFS… 

     

  5. cd in to the esx-2.5.x.xxxxx -upgrade directory
  6. Run the Perl script called ./upgrade.pl Note:
    This will give status messages like:  This script will upgrade your ESX server to version 2.5.2
    Verifying files … done
    Upgrading packages …….
    Running vmware-config.pl … done
    *** You must reboot the system to finish the upgrade ***  

     

     

     

     

  7. Choose N, to the reboot
  8. Reset the boot order with:lilo -R esx
    reboot
      

     

     

 

This was first published in June 2006

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