Well, this post isn't ready about where to download this file but rather how to make your ESXi to download it….ESXi offline bundle file allows upgrade ESXi 5.x to 6.0 with a single line of code (or rather two..) via SSH – check my post on it here. You need to download the ESXi Offline Bundle for that.
Update: You may want to check the latest post How to upgrade ESXi 6.0 to 6.5 via offline bundle here. This post will teach you to upgrade your host “offline” – without internet access.
Update 2: More recent post detailing on how to update ESXi 6.0 to 6.5 [On-Line] is here.
But If you're just using ESXi free and don't have an access to the download section the same way as paid customers, you can't simply do the upgrade as I'm detailing in my post. There is however another options to upgrade. I have already showed that you can use the ESXi Installation ISO and preserve the ESXi 5.x. But you need to burn the ISO, and you need to have an access to the server, change boot sequence in BIOS to the CD and also your host needs to have CD/DVD drive…. So quite a few things.
Note: The way of upgrading from 5.x to 6.0 with the VMware-ESXi-6.0.0-2494585-depot.zip file has been detailed in this post (with video) – Patch ESXi 5.5 to ESXi 6.0 – Lab Time. So if you have the file, then there isn't a problem.
Today I'll show another way of patching ESXi 5.x in case you don't have an access to download the VMware-ESXi-6.0.0-2494585-depot.zip file. I suppose that your ESXi free server is a lab server and you do have internet access.
ESXi Free – How to patch ESXi without an access to the VMware-ESXi-6.0.0-2494585-depot.zip file – The steps:
Step 0 : Connect to your ESXi with vSphere client and if necessary, enable SSH by going to configuration > security profile > properties > ssh and start the SSH service.
Step 1: Connect via putty, enter your root login and password and enter this single line (actually two:
This one to enable the https client on the firewall first:
esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpsClient
And then this one (which will need some time to download the bits from VMware Online depot):
esxcli software profile update -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml -p ESXi-6.0.0-20150404001-standard
Screenshot from the lab:
Step 3: Reboot your host
you can reboot the host via vSphere client or by entering simple command when you're in the SSH window…
Now, if you have few ESXi free hosts in your environment you might still want to get hand on that VMware-ESXi-6.0.0-2494585-depot.zip file, right?
Whether there is not a direct way to download the file, but you can create it by your own… by using a fellow blogger's Andreas Peetz free utility called ESXi Customizer. You can use ESXi customizer to create the depot file for you.
I invite you to go to Andrea's Blog to check it out.. -:)