Patch 3i without VirtualCenter

There are several methods available to patch ESX 3i hosts when the server is deployed without VirtualCenter. First, one can use the VMware Infrastructure Update client to up the host, second, second the host can be updated with the RCLI command vihostupdate.pl and lastly one can install the patch using the remoteInstall utility that comes bundled in …

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Setup RCLI IP

Once you have imported the RCLI virtual appliance, you may want to set a static IP address for the VM. This can be done via the web interface of the appliance or at the console. To change the IP address via the web interface, access the VM at https://<ip_address:8080/ and login with the network user and the …

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Importing the RCLI Appliance

To improve reliability and reduce security vulnerabilities, VMware removed the service console from ESX 3i. To run commands that one would normally run at the service console, it is necessary to download one of three packages from this location. There are two install packages, one for Windows and one for Linux, and one virtual appliance which …

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ESXi 3i Enable SSH

ESXi 3.5 does ship with the ability to run SSH, but this is disabled by default (and is not supported). If you just need to access the console of ESXi, then you only need to perform steps 1 – 3. At the console of the ESXi host, press ALT-F1 to access the console window. Enter unsupported in …

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ESXi Enable FTP

Some have found the download speed using the datastore browser in the VI client or via vifs.pl in the RCLI to be too slow for day to day transfers. It is possible to enable SSH, but sometimes even the performance of that is not great due to the inability of ESXi to perform SFTP transfers thus relying on …

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