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Easiest way to install ESXi offline without any issues

I kept getting disk full issues when upgrading esx, this is such a silly error, and I really had no way around it outside of loading esx from a full iso and ilo in to boot. But I found a somewhat easier way to do it now via SSH and the upgrade update file.

  1. download the zip file from: https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/patch#search
  2. upload it to a datastore
  3. Renamed it to update.zip – not required, but makes it easier
  4. esxcli software vib update -d /vmfs/volumes//update.zip
  5. reboot
  6. If complete, go ahead and delete the file if you want to reclaim the space.

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