Upgrade from 6.7U1 to latest, single host environment. Best practice.

I’ve got a R730 running the base 6.7U1 ISO, with an active VMUG license. I’ve upgraded the VCSA to the latest 05-DEC-2019 patch. I’ve recently consolidated from 2 x R710’s to a single new host.

I’ve gotten instructions on how to update via the CLi on the hypervisor host. My question is, how is the best way to enter my host into maintenance mode. Perform the upgrade and remove it from maintenance and start up all services/VM’s again?

Can I log directly into the ESXi, shutdown all VM’s and enter itself into maintenance? Or need to shut down VM and enter maintenance via CLi on the hypervisor?

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  1. my $0.02, Shutdown all vm’s through their OS if possible, shutdown the VCSA through the VAMI last. Use the CLI to initiate the upgrade, reboot when completed. Power on the VCSA through the host web gui or cli. In a one host environment i dont see maint mode buying you anything. The upgrade process through the CLI sets everything to install/complete on the next reboot.

  2. In a business environment you would use the Dell R730 ESXI image to upgrade. But for home use or on unsupported hardware CLI works great.

    I have been using the CLI method on my home unsupported hardware since ESXi v6 and its worked well. Ran into this issue though: [https://ganon.club/index.php/2019/04/16/no-space-left-on-device-vmware_locker_tools-error-when-upgrading-esxi-6-7/](https://ganon.club/index.php/2019/04/16/no-space-left-on-device-vmware_locker_tools-error-when-upgrading-esxi-6-7/)

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