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Trying to manually run an upgrade from ESXi 5.0 to ESXi 5.1. My image bundle is stored on the first datastore /vmfs/volumes/datastore1/ESXi-5.1.0-799733-standard, I am running the command esxcli software profile update -d /vmfs/volumes/datastore1/ESXi-5.1.0-799733-standard.zip -p ESXi-5.1.0-799733-standard.

The system responds with Got no data from process /usr/lib/vmware/esxcli-software profile.update

I have read some similar posts, but nothing that seems to be in the same boat as me.

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Found the solution. This is caused by the ESXi host not having a static scratch storage. Even though the system creates a temporary self storage, it leaves a strange descriptor in place for the log file: /dev/log, and of course the python scripts fail to write to /dev/log causing all esxcli commands to fail with "Got no data".

Adding a static scratch fix my problem.

ESXi 5.1 is faaast.

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