Updating vmware server
Of course, security and critical bug fix patches should be applies as soon as possible.Many of the ESX Server patches are actually for the service console (based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux).ESX Server patches offer not only security fixes but also system enhancements and new drivers.Typically, users can pick the specific patches that they want to deploy.Although, don’t try to apply Red Hat patches to the service console as you will find out that they don’t work.On the ESX Patch update site you will see the name of the patch, patch number, size, description, system impact, type of patch, and what this patch supersedes.Here is a sample of how I installed a patch on my ESX Server: * warning – only install patches on servers that are offline as installing patches may result in reboots.Yes, I agree, there must be better ways than to install patches one at a time and to have to reboot after every patch. In fact, here is a link to a script that will deploy multiple ESX patches without having to tar them all and perform multiple reboots – good stuff.
In this article, we covered how to install a single ESX Server patch using esxupdate.
Esxupdate can do much more than that and has a lot of options.
I recommend that you checkout the VMware ESX Server esxupdate documentation for more information.
If you haven’t been notified about patches, you can check the ESX Patch update site to get the latest patch info.
Patches will be either for security reasons, critical bug fix issues, or general system bugs.
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This application downloads patches from the VMware website, integrates with Virtual Center, and provides its own web server to deliver the patches. It has a lot of command options and switches as well.