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I just got done installing VMware vSphere 5 Free edition on my server. I noticed when I went to install the client that there was no option to install the host update utility.

How do you update the server now?

For my company we use vCenter, but what about the stnadalone VI client?

I need to upload a package to the server from HP, its some kind of driver, I can't find the utility.

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Sorry, I added an answer and then realized I completely misinterpreted the question. I believe you are looking for the VMware Update Manager, which I'm not sure is still available without vCenter. – Jed Daniels Sep 27 '11 at 22:26
yeah we use the update manager where I work, But I have a home VMware server that is running on Free ESXi, any idea how I would update that? Because I think vCLI is still only for people who have a paid version. – ianc1215 Sep 30 '11 at 4:50

Update Manager with vSphere is the preferred method. However, this can be done via the SSH command line in ESXi 5.

First, you will want to upload the zip patches needed to the local datastore.

Second, navigate to the host configuration tab. Then to the Security Profile. Under Services, click the properties link. Highlight SSH and click the Options button. Click Start and then OK out of the window.

Now you can SSH to the ESXi 5 host. If your patch was uploaded to datastore1 the command would be something like:

esxcli software vib update --depot=/vmfs/volumes/datastore1/

There is a lot of information on this at You don't need to use the vCLI though, the esxcli command should be available in SSH.

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esxcli/vMA is actually the ONLY way of updating ESXi 5 standalone, so this answer would have been 100% spot on if you just removed the stuff about VUM. – pauska Dec 22 '11 at 22:28

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