To upgrade ESXi 5.x hosts to ESXi 6.0, you can boot the ESXi installer from a CD, DVD, or USB flash drive.

Before you begin

About this task

Before upgrading, consider disconnecting the network storage. This action decreases the time it takes the installer to search for available disk drives. When you disconnect network storage, any files on the disconnected disks are unavailable at installation. Do not disconnect a LUN that contains an existing ESXi installation.

Procedure

  1. Insert the ESXi installer CD or DVD in the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, or attach the Installer USB flash drive and restart the machine.
  2. Set the BIOS to boot from the CD-ROM device or the USB flash drive.
  3. In the Select a Disk panel, select the drive on which to install or upgrade ESXi and press Enter.

    Press F1 for information about the selected disk.

    Note:

    Do not rely on the disk order in the list to select a disk. The disk order is determined by the BIOS. On systems where drives are continuously being added and removed, they might be out of order.

  4. Upgrade or install ESXi if the installer finds an existing ESXi installation and VMFS datastore.

    If an existing VMFS datastore cannot be preserved, you can choose only to install ESXi and overwrite the existing VMFS datastore, or to cancel the installation. If you choose to overwrite the existing VMFS datastore, back up the datastore first.

  5. Press F11 to confirm and start the upgrade.
  6. Remove the installation CD or DVD or USB flash drive when the upgrade is complete.
  7. Press Enter to reboot the host.
  8. Set the first boot device to be the drive which you selected previously when you upgraded ESXi.