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VMWare ESXi 6.5 HP Custom Image Upgrade to v6.5U3

I had been escaping the Unhandled Exception error every time I log into my ESXi standalone server running v6.5 on N54L and can't be upgraded to v6.7 due to process compatibility. I have finally found the HP Custom image updated to v6.5U3 which appeared to have the fix built into it.

It was quite straightforward update using the l latest 6.5 HP image so as habit I am making notes here for myself and everyone else who may find it useful.

First of all I downloaded HP Custom v6.5U3 image by selecting Offline Bundle.
I then placed it in my datastore e.g. ds001.
Once copied I ran following command line after I was connected to ESXi using ssh.

# esxcli software vib update -d /vmfs/volumes/ds001/VMware-ESXi-6.5.0-Update3-14990892-HPE-preGen9-650.U3.9.6.10.1-Dec2019-depot.zip

This command took few seconds or may be minutes but confirmed that updates have been installed and will take effect after reboot. So I rebooted the host and it worked like magic.

# reboot

I did not place host in maintenance mode but if you had done that then you can exit maintenance mode after reboot using following command.

# vim-cmd hostsvc/maintenance_mode_exit

Good luck!


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