If a virtual machine (VM) with SR-IOV network adapter is running on the ESXi server, follow these steps to upgrade the ESXi server.


  1. Shut down the VM before the ESXi server reboot.
  2. Use one of the following methods to upgrade the ESXi server. For more information, see the VMware ESXi Upgrade Guide.
    • GUI installer

    • Scripts

    • ESXCLI

    • vSphere Auto Deploy

    • vSphere Lifecycle Manager

    The ESXi host is successfully upgraded and rebooted.