heres my issue: Clean install ESX 3.0.2 u1 on Dell 6650.
Before we start patching the hosts we need to configure the Update Manager.
Open your VMware v Center server, and on the Home page click the Update Manager icon.
However, there are situations where Update Manager may not be allowed access to the Internet in order to automatically download patches.
In addition, there are some who, for whatever reason, either cannot or choose not to use Update Manager.
Network connectivity – On this section you can change the ports on which clients and ESX/ESXi servers communicate with the Update Manager server. Download Settings Direct connection to the Internet – If the Update Manager server has an internet connection you should choose this option to download patches from the VMware repository. Use a share repository – This is for those that don’t have an internet connection on the Update Manager server, and they are using an internal web server to publish VMware patches.
If you need more information about the shared repository you can find it here.You should always refer to that for more details and information for different methods of applying a patch.Here is an example of using esxupdate on a classic ESX host.I know she’s not alone so I figured a refresher on ESXi patching would be helpful.Of course the easiest way to manage ESXi host patches is with Update Manager, and for most of us this simply entails letting Update Manager automatically downloads patches as they become available and then scheduling a time to remediate the hosts.After rebooting at the end, the host appears disconnected from VC.