updating ESXI 4 to 4.1 without update manager

Hi all, So you have one or more esxi boxes at home doing various tasks and they are currently running esxi 4, your tempted to update to 4.1 but do not have update manager installed and do not want the hassle of configuring esxi again. No Problem good old command line to the rescue again. To upgrade 4 to 4.1 you need the esxi 4.1 upgrade installation as a zip file and the vcli (vsphere command line interface) both are available from the vmware site (I wont post links as I dont know how quickly the links will age), Once you have downloaded the VCLI and installed it you will have a new program item in your startprogramsvmware folder called “vmware Vclicommand prompt”. Click on that and it will dump you in the the old familiar black and white screen. Ensure any vm’s on the server are either Read More…

Cloned Template Hardware Bug in Vmware ESX 3.5 U2

Today I’ve been wrestling with this http://xtravirt.com/xd10070 bug in ESX 3.5 u2. The link provides a good insight into what causes it (basically when cloning a template and editing the hardware before the clone begins the source vmdk is actually used instead of the newly cloned vmdk). This of course becomes a problem if you decide you dont need the template anymore and delete it, the flat file doesnt delete but everything else does and the next time you go to reboot the problem vm you get “a file not found” error and will not let you boot the vm back up again. I managed to get round this problem by creating a blank vm with the same specifications (most importantly disk size and OS version). Then copy the remaining flat file of the corrupted vm into the folder containing the newly creRead More…