Upgrade ESX/ESXi 4.x to ESXi 5.0 using Update Manager

This video will demostrate how to upgrade your ESXi or ESXi 4.x server to ESXi 5.0 using the Update Manager 5.0 plug-in on vCenter 5.0.  Procedures to upgrade your vCenter is in the previous post.



Tested with ESX 4.x and ESXi 4.x which has a local datastore with VM in it.  Both upgrade with VUM complete successfully with datastore still intact and VM still exist.

The only different is that, when you browse the local datastore which was upgraded from ESX 4.x, you will find the esxconsole folder in it which you would not see this if it was upgraded from an ESXi 4.x.

Local datastore from ESX 4.x


Local datastore from ESXi 4.x


Update: Test with local datastore to test if it will be removed.

Next Post: vSphere 5 Migration White Paper and Tools 

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vSphere 5 vRAM Licensing
vSphere 5 ESXi 5 Installation
Upgrade vSphere vCenter 4.x to 5.0
Upgrade ESX/ESXi 4.x to ESXi 5.0 using Update Manager
Upgrade VMware Tools and virtual hardware with Update Manager
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