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We recently migrated our ESX 4.1 hosts to ESXi 4.1. We have vCenter 4.1. We use update manager app for patch management. Do we need to make new baseline for ESXi? Our current is still for ESX. Can't seem to find anything related to ESXi in any repos we have now. I've been trying to find the VMWare repo for ESXi 4.1 patches, but i can only find for ESX. Spendt about 9 hrs googling the subject...

asked 12/12/2011 09:33

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What version of ESXi 4.1 did you update to? U2 the latest?

Yes, you will need to create a new baseline, as it's a new product.

You will find there are less patches for ESXi 4.1, because it has no service console component, based on Linux.
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To clarify: "We recently migrated our ESX 4.1 hosts to ESXi 4.1. We have vCenter 4.1" Thus we did not upgrade per se, we migrated. Current version is learly stated as being 4.1

To clarify further: We can't seem to find the URL for the patch repo for ESXi 4.1. Does anyone know what it is. Nobody in the vmware community has been able to answer this since aug 10...
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answered 2011-12-13 at 05:45:30

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What build of ESXi 4.1 are you using? Build numbers are the clue to U0, U1 or U2.

go here and select ESXi, followed by version 4.1, it will show all the patches

http://www.vmware.com/patchmgr/download.portal

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answered 2011-12-13 at 05:50:10

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VMware ESXi 4.1 Update 1 (Build 348481) (February 10, 2011)

To clarify even further: The URL in question is the URL for the patch repo inside vCenter 4.1,258902 that you see when you go to home -> solutions and applications -> Update Manager -> Configuration -> Patch download Settings -> Patch download sources -> Direct connection to the internet and the ESX version we have now looks like: https://hostupdate.vmware.com/Software/vum/production/index.xml

The problem then is we cannot see any patches for ESXi or select ESXi when creating a baseline, we can only select ESX - so ESXi patches is very much missing from this (and any other) repo. This leads me to conclude that there must be a different repo URL for ESXi updates. Is this true?
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answered 2011-12-13 at 06:15:36

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Update Manager Repo URL is the same for all patches.

if could be that if you only have ESX servers you will not have ESXi patches downloaded into your repository.

You had ESX before and now you have ESXi?

A fully loaded vCenter with both ESX and ESXi of versions 4.0 and 4.1 will have patches for all systems, the Product column shows which patches are for which OS. Note that ESXi is affectionately known as embeddedEsx within vCenter Update Manager; this applies whether you have the true embedded version of ESXi or the installable version. This is worth bearing in mind when creating your Baselines since you may otherwise spend some time looking for the patches of the installable version of ESXi.
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answered 2011-12-13 at 06:54:21

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So ESXi 4.1 = embeddedEsx 4.1... That's the clue. Thanks.
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answered 2011-12-13 at 07:03:05

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Yes that's correct.
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answered 2011-12-13 at 23:42:33

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