Updating ESXi 6.0 to Update 2

Posted: 15th May 2016 by neil in Windows Server 2008

Hi all, this is a very quick  post (mostly for my memory!) on how to update ESXi 6.0 to the latest version easily.

New features in Update 2 are:

  • High Ethernet Link Speed: ESXi 6.0 Update 2 supports 25 G and 50 G ethernet link speeds.
  • VMware Host Client: The VMware Host Client is an HTML5 client that is used to connect to and manage single ESXi hosts. It can be used to perform administrative tasks to manage host resources, such as virtual machines, networking, and storage. The VMware Host Client can also be helpful to troubleshoot individual virtual machines or hosts when vCenter Server and the vSphere Web Client are unavailable. For more information about VMware Host Client, see VMware Host Client 1.0 Release Notes.
  • VMware Virtual SAN 6.2: The new VMware Virtual SAN 6.2 is bundled with ESXi 6.0 Update 2. For more information about Virtual SAN, see VMware Virtual SAN 6.2 Release Notes.
    Virtual SAN adds a new vsan vib in the ESXi image. The new vib results in a dependency being added to the esx-base vib requiring the vsan vib to be installed on the new 6.0 Update 2 host. For more information, see Knowledge Base article 2144595.
  • vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering (VAIO) Enhancement:
    • ESXi 6.0 Update 2 supports the IO Filter VASA Provider in a pure IPv6 environment. For additional information, see the Resolved Issues section.
    • ESXi 6.0 Update 2 supports the VMIOF versions 1.0 and 1.1. For additional information, see the Resolved Issues section.
  • More information can be found here: http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vsphere/60/vsphere-esxi-60u2-release-notes.html

    I used to do this via vCenter update manager but this method seems easier as you can do it on the host directly so less chance of things going wrong. So lets get to it.

    The first step is to ensure that all VMs are either shut down or migrated off the host. Once that is done place the host into Maintenance Mode.

    Now we need to enable SSH if this is not already enabled. Ensure the Daemon is running

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    Now we can connect to he host and begin the update

    Copy and paste the following commands:

    esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpClient

    esxcli software profile update -p ESXi-6.0.0-20160302001-standard -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml

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    After a few minutes the update process should be complete.

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    Easy! Now take your hosts out of maintenance mode and enjoy the new features and bug fixes Smile

    Updating vCSA to Update 2

    Posted: 15th May 2016 by neil in ESXi 6.0, Virtualization

    I run vCSA in my home lab to test out features for XenApp 7.8, specifically power management and MCS/PVS. I am a sucker for making sure things are up to date so felt its time to bring everything up to date in my lab since I have updated anything since I deployed it around 3 months ago.

    First up was my vCenter appliance server.  This post will show you how to update it the easy way Smile 

    The latest features in the latest version which is vCenter Server 6.0 Update 2 are:

  • Two-factor authentication for vSphere Web Client: Protect the vSphere Web Client using the following form of authentication:
    • RSA SecurID
    • Smart card (That is the UPN based Common Access Card)
  • Support to change vSphere ESX Agent Manager logging level: This release supports dynamic increase or decrease of vSphere ESX Agent Manager (EAM) logging levels without restarting EAM.
  • vSphere Web Client support: vSphere Web Client now supports Microsoft Windows 10 OS.
  • vCenter Server database support: vCenter Server now supports the following external databases:
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 3
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 1

    More information can be found here: http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vsphere/60/vsphere-vcenter-server-60u2-release-notes.html#whatsnew

    So lets crack on!

    Firstly we need to enable SSH so we can connect via Putty. Connect to the VM Console and ensure SSH is enabled

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    Once SSH is enabled we can connect via Putty to begin the update process. Once you have connected and authenticated type in the following command to begin:

    Software-packages install –url –acceptEulas

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    Once the update process is complete you should see a success message

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    Restart the appliance, log back in and the upgrade is complete!

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    And that’s it, all done. Easy eh!

  • Hey all.  This is just a quick post to go through an issue that I came across with Citrix XenApp 7.6.  When launching an application the user is prompted with “Running Security Scan” message

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    And eventually you will be prompted with a message to Open the ICA File which has been downloaded

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    Obviously this is not a nice experience for the end user.  The issue is occurring due to the enhanced security on IE11. 

    Luckily the fix is nice and simple, just add the URL used to access the StoreFront site to the Trusted Sites list and then it will work as expected.