How to Update to ESXi 7.0.3 Build Number 19193900

The purpose of this blog post is to provide the guidance and the steps needed to update my ESXi 7 environment (ESXi 7.0.2, build number 17867351). Release notes for VMware ESXi 7.0 Update 3c can be found here. Below is a screenshot of my current environment prior to Update 3c. Previous build numbers can be found here.

ESXi 7.0.2, build number 17867351

I decided to use the ESXCLI command method to proceed with the update and there is no better resource to act as a guide than Paul Braren‘s blog post found here. In order to use the command provided by Paul, the first step is to enable SSH on the host. Log into your ESXi host interface, select the ESXi Host, followed by Actions, Services, and Enable Secure Shell (SSH).

Enable SSH

Next, SSH into the ESXi Host (I use Putty) and then log in using your Root credentials.

SSH Session

I included the command found in the screenshot below but since my Dell PowerEdge R720 server is not found on the VMware Compatibility List and it triggered a No Hardware Warning alert.

Command (esxcli software profile update -p ESXi-7.0U3c-19193900-standard -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml)

In order to get around this alert, you’ll need to add –no-hardware-warning to the end of the command.

Command (esxcli software profile update -p ESXi-7.0U3c-19193900-standard -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml –no-hardware-warning)

More info on the alert can be found here. Thanks for the info Ketil!

Add –no-hardware-warning

Once the command has been successfully applied, the update process begins and you’ll then be prompted to reboot your ESXi host. I was able to keep track of the reboot process using my idrac session.

Reboot ESXi Host

Once the ESXi host is up and running, you’ll be able to confirm the update is complete.

As a friendly reminder, don’t forget to Disable SSH on the Host. Official VMware information can be found using this link.

This concludes this blog post. If I have missed anything or if you have any suggestions, please let me know.

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