Upgrading ESXi 6.7 to 7.0 using SSH/ ESXCLI

Had some downtime to the nested lab, as adding more RAM, so thought perfect time to upgrade my baremetal “master” ESXi host.

Run up a putty window and type the following

esxcli software sources profile list -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml | grep ESXi-7.0.1

My plan is to move to ESXi 7.0 U1D.

So run this command.

esxcli software profile update -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml -p ESXi-7.0U1d-17551050-standard

Once completed, you will see this screen.

Type in the following


Once done you can log back into the UI and see the version is updated.

You will need a new license key for 7.0, so you will have to re-enter that…