If your ESXi host is unsupported, manually upgrade your ESXi host to the supported version.

Prerequisites

Verify that the ESXi host is supported. See Supported Hypervisor Upgrade Path.

Procedure

  1. Place your ESXi host in maintenance mode.
  2. Upgrade the ESXi host.
    • Upgrade ESXi 6.5xx to ESXi 6.5 P03.
      esxcli software profile update --depot <build_path> ESXi-6.5.0-XXXXXX-standard --allow-downgrades --no-sig-check
    • Upgrade ESXi 6.7xx to ESXi 6.7 EP 06.
      esxcli software profile update --depot <build_path> --profile ESXi-6.7.0-XXXXXX-standard --allow-downgrades --no-sig-check
    • Upgrade ESXi 6.5xx to ESXi 6.7 EP 06.
      esxcli software profile update --depot <build_path> --profile ESXi-6.7.0-XXXXXX-standard --allow-downgrades --no-sig-check

      Install the NSX-T Data Center 2.3 LCP bundle for ESXi 6.7.

  3. Download the NSX kernel module for VMware ESXi x.x.
  4. Install the NSX kernel module.
    esxcli software vib install -d <path_to_kernel_module_file> --no-sig-check
  5. Reboot the ESXi host.
    reboot
  6. Move your ESXi host out of maintenance mode.
  7. (Optional) Upgrade ESXi in an offline environment using esxcli.
    1. Download the depot file and copy the file to the server.
    2. Upgrade the ESXi host.
      esxcli software profile update -d <path-to-depot-file> -p <build> -standard --allow-downgrades --no-sig-check
  8. (Optional) Upgrade ESXi in an offline environment using VUM.
    1. Import an installation ISO image into VUM repository.
    2. Create a baseline based on the imported image.