Upgrade from ESXi 6.7 to 7.0 via the Terminal

ESXi 7.0 has been recently released. Here are the instructions to upgrade ESXi 6.7 to 7.0 using the terminal.

  1. Go to vmware.com and download the update package.
  2. Upload the package to a datastore accessible to your ESXi host.
  3. Enable SSH on your ESXi host.
  4. Connect to your ESXi host via SSH.
  5. Run this command with the full path to the package in your datastore (replace the path and the filename with what is appropriate):
    • esxcli software sources profile list -d /vmfs/volumes/datastore1/Installers/VMware-ESXi-7.0.0-15843807-depot.zip
  6. That command will output a number packages, one with VMware Tools and one without.

  1. Perform a dry run installation to ensure that the package checks out:
    • esxcli software profile update -p ESXi-7.0.0-15843807-standard -d /vmfs/volumes/datastore1/Installers/VMware-ESXi-7.0.0-15843807-depot.zip --dry-run
  2. If that checks out, run the installation without the –dry-run command.
    • esxcli software profile update -p ESXi-7.0.0-15843807-standard -d /vmfs/volumes/datastore1/Installers/VMware-ESXi-7.0.0-15843807-depot.zip
  3. Shutdown / suspend any running Virtual Machines, put the host into maintenance mode and then restart the host.
    • reboot

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