VMware ESXi 7.0 Update 2a not available yet via ESXCLI (Update - available on Apr 29 2021)

Posted by Paul Braren on Apr 27 2021 (updated on Apr 30 2021) in
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  • This is just a quick, fleeting article about my tinkering in my home lab tonight, featuring a video of me trying to lab test the ESXCLI method of updating my ESXi 7.0 Update 2 (VMware ESXi 7.0.2 Build 17630552) to ESXi 7.0 Update 2a (VMware ESXi 7.0.2 Build 17920168). See also the VMware vSphere with Tanzu Release Notes that includes these details on VCSA (note that a new ESXi build isn't available just yet, this is still the March 9 2021 build):

    April 27, 2021 Build Information

    ESXi 7.0 | 09 MAR 2021 | ISO Build 17630552

    vCenter Server 7.0 | 27 APR 2021 | ISO Build 17920168

    VMware NSX Advanced Load Balancer | 12 OCT 2020 | 20.1.X


    Today, Tuesday Apr 27 2021 at 9:26pm eastern time, I tried to visit the vSphere 7.0 Product Download link from the release notes above, and I got redirected to https://maintenance.vmware.com/info6.html with this error:

    Content Not Available
    Dear user, the web content you have requested is not available.

    This could mean nothing, or it could mean stuff is happening.

    I tried again at 9:40pm, nothing. I'll try again tomorrow, and will update How to update any VMware ESXi Hypervisor to the latest using ESXCLI for easy download and install once the ESXCLI update command has been tested in my lab. Meanwhile, in case you're interested in the behavior I saw when attempting ESXCLI and VCSA (stuck at 92%) tonight, check out this very casual video.


    VMware ESXi 7.0 Update 2a not available yet via ESXCLI

    Apr 28 2021 Update

    Thanks to Mahmoud Adel for commenting that I had used the VCSA build number during that impromptu video, so sorry about that mishap. Article above updated accordingly.

    I'll keep watching for this ESXCLI command:

    esxcli software sources profile list --depot=https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml

    to show something new.

    I'll also keep an eye out for an ESXi update to appear at any of these sites:

    1. kb.vmware.com/s/article/2143832
    2. kb.vmware.com/s/article/83063
    3. kb.vmware.com/s/article/83107
    4. kb.vmware.com/s/article/2143832
    5. my.vmware.com/web/vmware/downloads/info/slug/datacenter_cloud_infrastructure/vmware_vsphere/7_0
    6. esxi-patches.v-front.de/ESXi-7.0.0.html
    7. my.vmware.com/group/vmware/patch#search
    8. twitter.com/ESXiPatches

    Apr 30 2021 Update


    As seen in this tweet by VMware ESXi Patch Tracker, the tracking site has been updated to include ESXi 7.0 Update 2a!

    See also @lamw's tweet, and release notes.

    See also at TinkerTry


    See also


    vSphere 7.0 Update 2a is now available & adds support for the new vSphere VM Service (aka VM Operator)

    Release Notes - https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-vSphere/7.0/rn/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-7-vsphere-with-tanzu-release-notes.html

    I also see 🔍 my fix to now support deploying @VMwareTanzu Guest Clusters using Terraform https://virtuallyghetto.com/2020/11/using-terraform-to-deploy-a-tanzu-kubernetes-grid-tkg-cluster-in-vsphere-with-tanzu.html