Monday, January 8, 2018

How to upgrade ESXi 4.x,5,x and 6.x from Update Manager.

Today I am going to explain you have to upgrade ESXi with the help of vCenter update manger. 

  1. Login to vCenter with required access
  2. Click Home.
  3. Click the Update Manager icon.
  4. Under the Configuration tab, click Patch Download Schedule.
  5. To view the Patch Download scheduled task:
  6. Click Home.
  7. Click Scheduled Tasks.
  8. Click VMware vCenter Update Manager Update Download.
  9. Click Home > Hosts and Clusters.
  10. Highlight the ESX host you want to update and click the Update Manager tab.
  11. Click Attach. Select Critical Host Patches and Non-Critical Host Patches baselines and click Attach.
  12. Note: To create custom baselines click Home > Update Manager > Baselines and Groups > Create.
  13. To scan the ESX host for missing patches against the repository, right-click on the ESX host and click Scan for Updates > Patches and Extensions > Scan.
  14. Scan progress is shown by the Scan Entity task in the Recent Tasks.
  15. The host scan does not affect running virtual machines.
  16. If the scan fails, ensure that the ports between Update Manager and the ESX host are open. 
  17. When the scan is complete you see the number of patches missing on the ESX host. If no patches are missing, you see Compliant.
  18. To remediate the missing patches to the ESX host:
  19. Power off all virtual machines or vMotion them to a different ESX host.
  20. Place the ESX host into maintenance mode. Right-click on the ESX host, select Enter Maintenance Mode, and click Yes.
  21. Right-click on the ESX host and select Remediate > Critical Host Patches and Non-Critical Host Patches baselines and click Next.
  22. Select which updates or patches to install, click Next >Next > Finish.
  23. Notes:
  24. Remediate progress is shown by the Remediate Entity task in the Recent Tasks.
  25. This task might take some time as Update Manager starts downloading patches from
  26. If the remediation fails, ensure the ports between Upate Manager, the ESX host, and are open.
  27. The ESX host might reboot after remediation completes.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

How to connect to ESXi 6.5 using the vSphere (HTML5 Web) Host Client 6.5?

There will be no more Think Client vSphere Client in 6.5? then how to connect to ESXi directly?

I had the same question and found steps to connect.

After installation and IP configuration of ESXi host access the ESXi host IP address from web browser with HTTPS protocol.

For Example -  HTTPS://

This will prompt you for SSL cert

And after that you will see the page where you can login and perform operations

That's it...

How to access DCUI in SSH

Hi Guys, its been long time I have not posted anything on my bog actually I was busy with my US trip.

Today I am going to wright about how to access DCUI from SSH, this is very basic stuff but very few people know about this and very few people use this.

There is very small kb artical available on VMware site. Resolution section has only 3 lins.

If you want to connect to DCUI from SSH, you just need to make sure that SSH is enabled on ESXi servers and you connect to ESXi from SSH via Putty or any SSH client.

Run command #dcui

and you are done.

vSphere Update Manager Network Connections & Port Test

Toady I was troubleshooting connection issue between ESXi and Update Manager; I though that I will wright this post on required port numbers and connection details.

nformation for the required firewall ports that need to be opened can be obtained from the following VMware KB articles:

During troubleshooting, some information got me confused and as the saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.”, I decided to craft a picture from all this information.

Below is table with port details.

Monday, August 14, 2017

My Android APP is Live - Rahim Shaikh

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I am pleased to announce that my app is ready on Google Playstore.
A friend (Mohammad Mulla) working in 01world has created android app for me.

You can read and search about VMware, WIndows, Storage & networking post in my app.
Please download and review and let me know about if any improvement needed.

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Also I have created short video on my app.

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