ESXi 6.0 to 6.5 Upgrade Failed

The Problem

I am currently running vCenter 6.5 with a mix of 6.0 and 6.5 clusters.  I uploaded the latest Dell customized ESXi 6.5 image to update manager, and had no issues updating my first cluster from 6.0 to 6.5.  In the past I have had some weird issues with update manager, but since 6.5 was integrated into vCenter it has been a lot more stable.  I then proceeded to migrate the next cluster to 6.5 and received this weird error.

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I then tried to mount the ISO to the host and install it that way, but now I get a much more detailed error.

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The Solution

  1.  SSH into the host and run the following command to see list of installed VIB’s

esxcli software vib list

2. Remove the conflicting VIB.

esxcli software vib remove –vibname=scsi-mpt3sas

3. Reboot!

Now that the conflicting VIB has been removed you can proceed with installing the updates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding Power Path 6 to an ESX 6 ISO

I am currently working on migrating all my ESXi host from 5.5 to 6.  I need Power Path to be installed on all these host. The easiest way to do this is to add the Power Path VIB directly into the ISO.  I knew this could be done, but was not sure how to.  I tried searching for an easy way to do this, but could not find any simple guides.  Here is the quick and simple way to add a VIB to and ESXi ISO.

First you should have downloaded your ESXi ISO.  I downloaded the Dell Custom ESXi offline bundle zip. It already contains all the Dell drivers I need and the Dell Open Manage software to help me monitor the hardware.  You need the ZIP and not the ISO to create this image. “Still working on the images.  Click to enlarge them.”

  • First add the Dell ESXi zip. Add-EsxSoftwareDepot “C:\file location” step one
  • Add the PowerPath zip Add-EsxSoftwareDepot “C:\file location”step 2
  • Clone the Dell image this has to be done because it is already an customized image.  (Not sure about the Acceptance Level.  Anyone have any insight on this?) New-EsxImageProfile -CloneProfile Dell-ESXi-6.0.0-2494585-A00 -Name dellesx6withpp -AcceptanceLevel PartnerSupported Step 3
  • Now its time to add the VIB. This will show all the packages from EMC  Get-esxSoftwarePackage | Where-Object Vender -eq “EMC”  Step 4
  • Now add the software package to the Image Profile.  You need all 3 packages. Add-ESxSoftwarePackage
  • step 5
  • Now you can export the image profile to a ISO Export-EsxImageProfile -ImageProfile dellesx6withpp -ExportToIso -FilePath ‘C:\ESX 6 Custom Image\dellesx6withpp.iso’ steap 6

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