VMware ESXCLI ESXi Upgrade

The ESXCLI upgrade allows you to save time by skipping the hassle of logging into “My VMware” to download the ESXi ISO and apply patches directly from the VMware Online Depot to your server.

I routinely check VMware ESXi Patch Tracker to know when it’s time to update and build number I need.

Before we get started let’s turn on maintenance mode, or make sure to gracefully shut down all Virtual Machines. Once we have enabled maintenance mode lets also enable SSH to start the upgrade.


Instructions

Open the SSH session to your ESXi server and follow these instructions.

You will need to allow outbound HTTP Requests in the firewall configuration by pasting the lines below into your SSH session and pressing enter:

esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpClient

The Image Profile will need to be downloaded using HTTPS and run patch script to apply update by pasting the line below into your SSH session and pressing enter.  Can take some time finish.

esxcli software profile update -p ESXi-6.5.0-20170104001-standard -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml

Next, you will need to disallow outbound HTTP Requests in the firewall configuration by pasting the line below into your SSH session and pressing enter:

esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e false -r httpClient

After you have disallowed outbound HTTP Requests, it’s safe to close out your SSH session and disable it. Remember to turn off maintenance mode after successfully rebooting your server for the upgrade.

WMware AVX2 but AVX Not Present

My ESXi server recently produced an error message labeled “AVX2 but AVX Not Present”.  After converting a Virtual Machine (VM) from VMware Workstation and importing into ESXi, I received this message.

I used the vCenter Converter Standalone tool which worked flawlessly. Scouring the internet, it appears you need to modify the VMX file and downgrade the virtual hardware version labeled the following:

virtualHW.version = “AppropriateNumberHere”

You can fix the error message by changing the virtual hardware version from “11” to “10”.

TinkerTry SuperServer Review

I’ve always scoured the Internet looking for a good solution that could serve my VM’s with vSphere Hypervisor on a budget. My searches would always come up empty handed until I discovered TinkeryTry.com and the SuperServer Bundles.

I’ve always scoured the Internet looking for a good solution that could serve my VM’s with vSphere Hypervisor on a budget. My searches would always come up empty handed until I discovered TinkeryTry.com and the SuperServer Bundles.

I decided to make the plunge and buy the SuperServer Bundle 2. The Bundle 2 option was perfect for my needs, nor did I need the video card or Windows 10 operating system found in Bundle 1.

I should note that I am writing this review after having it for a couple of weeks and putting it through its proper paces. My initial setup before the SuperServer was a desktop machine that had two SSD’s for VM’s and VMware Workstation installed. I also still use a Macbook Pro with VMware Fusion Pro for mobility.

Coming from this setup, the SuperServer is light years ahead of what I was currently working with for “home use” and is worth the money with everything you get. One of the biggest selling points besides the amazing hardware is the Supermicro Mini Tower case and fans that are nearly silent. I have this server setup in my home office next to my desk, and my ceiling fan produces a higher noise level.

So what do you get when you buy the Bundle 2? You get a good solid foundation for working with Hypervisors or even Docker.


Bundle 2 options


Bonus items

Bonus items included:

  • SanDisk Ultra Fit CZ43 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive
  • Internal System Speaker
  • 6th SATA3 Supermicro Cable
  • TinkerTry Stickers

Hard drives

Outside the bundled options I added two solid-state drives from Samsung.
Configured the Samsung drives for the following:

  • Primary drive is a 128GB 850 Pro
  • Secondary drive for Datastores is a 500GB 850 Evo

TinkerTry’d SuperServer photos