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  • 1.  patching esxi using CLI

    Posted Jun 10, 2014 01:15 PM

    hello, I have been trying to patch my ESXi 5.1 server using Cli I keep getting errors.

    here is my command..

    c:\program files (x86)\VMWAre\VMWare vSphere CLI>esxcli --server=xxx.xxx.xxx --username=root software vib sources list--depot=/vmfs/volumes/datastore1/

    I receive the following output.

    <

    [MetadataDownloadError]

    Could not download from depot at zip:/vmfs/volumes/4ba918b6-9a1e601f-1671-001

    75207c/UPDATE/ESXI510-20142001.zip?index.xml, skipping (('zip:/vmfs/volumes/4

    18b6-9a1e601f-1671-0018fe75207c/UPDATE/ESXI510-20142001.zip?index.xml', '', "

    or extracting index.xml from /vmfs/volumes/4ba918b6-9a1e601f-1671-0018fe75207

    PDATE/ESXI510-20142001.zip: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: '/vmfs/volum

    4ba918b6-9a1e601f-1671-0018fe75207c/UPDATE/ESXI510-20142001.zip'"))

           url = zip:/vmfs/volumes/4ba918b6-9a1e601f-1671-0018fe75207c/UPDATE/ESX

    0-20142001.zip?index.xml

    Please refer to the log file for more details.

    I was trying to get a list of VIBs first.  So that wasn't working, so I tried to update the thing with this command. 

    c:\program files (x86)\VMWAre\VMWare vSphere CLI>esxcli --server=xxx.xxx.xxx --username=root software vib update --depot=/vmfs/volumes/datastore1/patches/patch.zip

    I receive this output,

    C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware vSphere CLI>esxcli --server=xxx.xxx.xxx -

    -username=root software vib update --depot=/vmfs/volumes/VMs Datastore Partition

    /UPDATE/ESXi510-20142001.zip

    Enter password:

    Error: Invalid option Datastore

    not sure what to do...I have tried using the short name of the datastore and full ID of the datastore...please help..:smileycry:



  • 2.  RE: patching esxi using CLI

    Posted Jun 10, 2014 02:54 PM

    Try using this syntax

    esxcli --server=xxx.xxx.xxx --username=root software vib update --depot=/vmfs/3948bee6-2c7e85c6/patches/patch.zip  or whatever the acutaly path is instead of the friendly symlink name.

    See if that helps at all.  Another issue is it could be you don't have an update for a current vib and require an install?



  • 3.  RE: patching esxi using CLI

    Posted Jun 10, 2014 03:26 PM

    thanks, JPM300, although, I have done that as well, and receive the same error...I have even tried uploading to a different data store, because there is apparently an error in the path...

    so if I dont need an update, I should still be able to list the VIBs..

    C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware vSphere CLI\bin>esxcli --server=1xxx.xxx.xx --username=root software vib update --depot=/vmfs/4ba918b6-9a1e601f-0018fe752

    07c/UPDATE/ESXi510-20142001.zip

    Enter password:

    [MetadataDownloadError]

    Could not download from depot at zip:/vmfs/4ba918b6-9a1e601f-0018fe75207c/UPDAT

    E/ESXi510-20142001.zip?index.xml, skipping (('zip:/vmfs/4ba918b6-9a1e601f-0018fe

    75207c/UPDATE/ESXi510-20142001.zip?index.xml', '', "Error extracting index.xml f

    rom /vmfs/4ba918b6-9a1e601f-0018fe75207c/UPDATE/ESXi510-20142001.zip: [Errno 2]

    No such file or directory: '/vmfs/4ba918b6-9a1e601f-0018fe75207c/UPDATE/ESXi510-

    20142001.zip'"))

            url = zip:/vmfs/4ba918b6-9a1e601f-0018fe75207c/UPDATE/ESXi510-20142001.z

    ip?index.xml

    Please refer to the log file for more details.

    does it have anything to do with profiles..?



  • 4.  RE: patching esxi using CLI

    Posted Jun 10, 2014 03:44 PM

    Do you get the same error if you just use -d=/vmfs/volumes/ect/ect  instead of --depot?

    Profiles shouldn't interfear with it.  At the worse it would just make the host non-complient



  • 5.  RE: patching esxi using CLI

    Posted Jun 10, 2014 03:51 PM

    yep...I even tried uploading to a different datastore..same two errors...?  because the host is in a dmz, I cant use http...i dont know what to do...I was able to update using CLI before upgrading to 5.1...

    thanks for your help JPM..if you think of anything, please fire away..i'm gonna keep searching the internet...



  • 6.  RE: patching esxi using CLI

    Posted Jun 10, 2014 04:57 PM

    What if you try the -v switch like this:

    esxcli software vib update -v /tmp/Fusion-io_bootbank_block-iomemory-vsl_2

    you can try pointing to the datastore if that doesn't work and the update is small you can move it to your /tmp directory and try it from there.

    the -v states it can do a file as well

    Looking more into the syntax it looks like you have two methods you can use for both the v and the d / depot

    It would appear you can use -v path name or --viburl=path.

    The same seems to apply to the depot syntax as well

    -d /path or --depot=/path/ect/update.zip

    Try some of this as well, it could be a syntax issue.  Its been awhile since I have had to do it via CLI as I use Update Manager whenever possible and find its a great product, however stand alone hosts you do unforantly have to go through this process still.



  • 7.  RE: patching esxi using CLI

    Posted Jun 10, 2014 07:18 PM

    thanks JPM, its definately a syntax issue...this is what happens now..

    C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware vSphere CLI\bin>esxcli --server=xxx.xxx.xx  --username=root software vib install -v --depot=/vmfs/volumes/4ba918b6-9a1e6

    1f-1671-0018fe75207c/UPDATES/ESXi510-20142001.zip

    Enter password:

    Error: -v must have value

    Usage: esxcli software vib install [cmd options]



  • 8.  RE: patching esxi using CLI

    Posted Jun 10, 2014 10:13 PM

    Sorry my bad I should of been more clear

    try running just this:

    esxcli software vib update -v /tmp/Fusion-io_bootbank_block-iomemory-vsl_2

    you -d or --depot

    What I was trying to get at is it seems the syntax has two modes and you can use either or

    if esxcli software vib update -v /vmfs/volumes/4ba918b6-9a1e61f-1671-0018fe75207c/UPDATES/ESXi510-20142001.zip

    esxcli software vib update -d /vmfs/volumes/4ba918b6-9a1e61f-1671-0018fe75207c/UPDATES/ESXi510-20142001.zip

    putting a -v and a --depot is why it is asking for a command for the -v as your passing the depot into it which it doesn't understand.

    Let me know if that works.  Also if the update is small you could try and put it in the /tmp directory and run it from there but I don't think its a pathing issue.  I think its more of a syntax issue.

    To be honest in the past I don't think I ever used -v or -d I just did esxcli software vib update vmfs/volumes/4ba918b6-9a1e61f-1671-0018fe75207c/UPDATES/ESXi510-20142001.zip  but that was awhile go

    Let me know how it goes



  • 9.  RE: patching esxi using CLI

    Posted Jun 11, 2014 02:30 PM

    okay, because this is not starting to mess with my mind... the error seems to indicate that I am not inputting the correct path to the patch...

    [MetadataDownloadError]

    Could not download from depot at zip:/vmfs/volumes/4ba918b6-9a1e61f-1671-0018fe

    5207c/UPDATES/ESXi510-20142001.zip?index.xml, skipping (('zip:/vmfs/volumes/4ba

    18b6-9a1e61f-1671-0018fe75207c/UPDATES/ESXi510-20142001.zip?index.xml', '', "Er

    or extracting index.xml from /vmfs/volumes/4ba918b6-9a1e61f-1671-0018fe75207c/U

    DATES/ESXi510-20142001.zip: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: '/vmfs/volumes

    4ba918b6-9a1e61f-1671-0018fe75207c/UPDATES/ESXi510-20142001.zip'"))

           url = zip:/vmfs/volumes/4ba918b6-9a1e61f-1671-0018fe75207c/UPDATES/ESXi5

    so after using the simple path name of VMS Datastore Partition and using the ID...I get the same error above...?  *Scratching my head*



  • 10.  RE: patching esxi using CLI

    Posted Jun 11, 2014 02:39 PM

    Which command did you run this time?  My last post had a few.  Also do you have another datastore without spaces?  spaces can get kinda messy with command line, however since you used the ID spaces shouldn't matter...???

    Also give this a whirl

    esxcli software vib update -d "/vmfs/volumes/Datastore/DirectoryName/PatchName.zip"



    http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2008939

    You could also try and just CD into the path where the zip file sits so you don't have to put the path into the string.

    so:

    cd vmfs/volumes/datastore/DirectoryName

    Then do a quick ls to make sure the file is there

    Then you should just be able to do a esxcli software vib update -d patchname.zip as you are sitting in the local directory

    Its very strange as you are doing everything right



  • 11.  RE: patching esxi using CLI

    Posted Jun 11, 2014 05:46 PM

    I have run all of them.  I get the same error.



  • 12.  RE: patching esxi using CLI

    Posted Jun 11, 2014 05:49 PM

    I tried cd into the datastore directory and it doesn't let me do that either...its so ridiculous..



  • 13.  RE: patching esxi using CLI

    Posted Jun 11, 2014 05:51 PM

    so I cd into the directory and ran the -d option, I think this worked.  I have no blinking cursor..isnt' that the behavior ?   I totally have forgotten..



  • 14.  RE: patching esxi using CLI

    Posted Jun 11, 2014 06:05 PM

    okay...look at this attachment.  I clearly cd into the directory, verified that the ESXi510 patch was there...and recieved the same ERROR!!!!!!!

    the full path to the patch is /vmfs/volumes/4ba918b6-9a1e601f-1671-0018fe75207c/UPDATE...

    still get the error..



  • 15.  RE: patching esxi using CLI

    Posted Jun 11, 2014 06:47 PM

    even if you are in the directory try this:

    esxcli software vib update -d /vmfs/volumes/4ba918b6-9a1e601f-1671-0018fe75207c/UPDATE/ESXi510-201404001.zip

    Make sure I got the zip file correct.  Also is this the proper zip file, or do the instruction from where you downloaded the zip tell you to unzip it and upload the offline bundle inside the zip?



  • 16.  RE: patching esxi using CLI

    Posted Jun 11, 2014 07:11 PM

    that worked...JPM300..it had to be my syntax...what is confusing to me is the depot..I have two more servers to go...

    I TRULY APPRECIATE YOUR HELP..



  • 17.  RE: patching esxi using CLI

    Posted Jun 11, 2014 07:37 PM

    NP, I figured we would get there :smileyhappy:

    Glad it worked.  Just think of the depot as a directory, we are essentially just telling the updater which directory to look in.  As to the reason why they call it a Depot its probably because you can have more then 1 update in there if you want to upgrade a few things.  When I looked at your log you had the ESXIPATCH.ZIP in the Datastore\Update directory, once we got the pathing right it looks like it finally fired :smileyhappy:

    People think where out of the command line days, but we all know better :smileysilly:



  • 18.  RE: patching esxi using CLI

    Posted Aug 07, 2017 07:20 PM

    Old thread but received this error today & noticed a syntax issue myself.

    correct syntax.... must use full path even if you reside in the proper directory

    esxcli software vib update -d=/vmfs/volumes/{Your Local Datastore}/ESXi600-xxxxxxxxx.zip



  • 19.  RE: patching esxi using CLI

    Posted Sep 20, 2019 06:30 AM

    You should put the host in maintenance mode first