Update Dell ESXi 6.5 Image with PowerPath

Update Dell ESXi 6.5 Image with PowerPath

ESXi

NOTE – Please review the CSV output from esxi-image-comparator.ps1 for a list a VIBS that the latest ESXi image overwrote from the older Dell ESXi image. Example network drivers.

ESXi 6.5 Dell Customized Image with build Build 5310538 aka 6.5d from April 2017
https://downloads.dell.com/FOLDER04584312M/1/VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.5.0-5310538.x86_64-DellEMC_Customized-A05.zip
http://downloads.dell.com/FOLDER04584315M/1/ESXi_6%205-ReleaseNotes-Dell-A05.txt
ESXi 6.5 Build Number: 5310538
Dell Version : A05
Dell Release Date : 06 Oct 2017
VMware Release Date: 18 April 201

Build 7388607 is not released from Dell. http://downloads.dell.com/published/pages/poweredge-m830.html

You still have to deploy new ESXi 6.5 hosts and rather not have 2 reboots via VUM for the lastest ESXi build and to install PowerPath.

End game – ESXi 6.5 ISO with build 7388607 December 2017 + October 2017 Dell Image + PowerPath 6.2
https://esxi-patches.v-front.de/ESXi-6.5.0.html

  1. If you do not want to login to my vmware, download https://www.v-front.de/p/esxi-customizer-ps.html#download to download the lastest 6.5 build.
    .ESXi-Customizer-PS-v2.5.1.ps1 -ozip -v65
    Set-ExecutionPolicy -Scope Process -ExecutionPolicy Bypass
  2. Download PowerPath/VE 6.2
    Extract EMCPower.VMWARE.6.2.b126.zip
  3. Download esxi-image-comparator.ps1
    Blog details LINK.
  4. Place all 4 files into the same folder.
    ESXi-6.5.0-20171204001-standard.zip
    VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.5.0-5310538.x86_64-DellEMC_Customized-A05.zip
    EMCPower.VMWARE.6.2.b126.zip
    esxi-image-comparator.ps1
  1. Add the Dell Image and note the profile name
    Add-EsxSoftwareDepot .VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.5.0-5310538.x86_64-DellEMC_Customized-A05.zip
    Get-EsxImageProfile
  2. Add the latest VMware image and PowerPath
    Add-EsxSoftwareDepot .ESXi-6.5.0-20171204001-standard.zip
    Add-EsxSoftwareDepot .EMCPower.VMWARE.6.2.b126.zip
  3. Clone the Dell image. “DellEMC-ESXi-6.5.0-7388607-PowerPath6.2” can be called anything. Add the new vibs from vmware and powerpath.
    New-EsxImageProfile -CloneProfile DellEMC-ESXi-6.5.0-5310538-A05 -Name DellEMC-ESXi-6.5.0-7388607-PowerPath6.2 -Vendor Dell
    Set-ESXImageProfile DellEMC-ESXi-6.5.0-7388607-PowerPath6.2 -SoftwarePackage (Get-ESXSoftwarePackage -Newest)
  4. Create the image (used for validation) and ISO.
    Export-EsxImageProfile -ImageProfile DellEMC-ESXi-6.5.0-7388607-PowerPath6.2 -ExportToBundle -FilePath DellEMC-ESXi-6.5.0-7388607-PowerPath6.2.zip
    Export-EsxImageProfile -ImageProfile DellEMC-ESXi-6.5.0-7388607-PowerPath6.2 -ExportToIso -FilePath DellEMC-ESXi-6.5.0-7388607-PowerPath6.2.iso

Exit PowerShell. Open a new PowerShell window.

Add-EsxSoftwareDepot .VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.5.0-5310538.x86_64-DellEMC_Customized-A05.zip
Add-EsxSoftwareDepot .ESXi-6.5.0-20171204001-standard.zip
Add-EsxSoftwareDepot .DellEMC-ESXi-6.5.0-7388607-PowerPath6.2.zip
.esxi-image-comparator.ps1 -outputTable | Export-Csv -Path .esxi-image-comparator-results.csv -NoTypeInformation

Use Excels conditional formatting highlighter for duplicate values for columns B+C and again for C+D in a different color.
In my case.
B = Dell Image
C = New Image
D = VMware Image

After the install from the new ISO; login to the ESXi host html5 client https://fqdn/ui to validate the build # and the powerpath vibs. I am using the dark reader chrome extension for the black background.

Setup

NOTE – Please review the CSV output from esxi-image-comparator.ps1 for a list a VIBS that the latest ESXi image overwrote from the older Dell ESXi image. Example network drivers.

ESXi 6.5 Dell Customized Image with build Build 5310538 aka 6.5d from April 2017
https://downloads.dell.com/FOLDER04584312M/1/VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.5.0-5310538.x86_64-DellEMC_Customized-A05.zip
http://downloads.dell.com/FOLDER04584315M/1/ESXi_6%205-ReleaseNotes-Dell-A05.txt
ESXi 6.5 Build Number: 5310538
Dell Version : A05
Dell Release Date : 06 Oct 2017
VMware Release Date: 18 April 201

Build 7388607 is not released from Dell. http://downloads.dell.com/published/pages/poweredge-m830.html

You still have to deploy new ESXi 6.5 hosts and rather not have 2 reboots via VUM for the lastest ESXi build and to install PowerPath.

End game – ESXi 6.5 ISO with build 7388607 December 2017 + October 2017 Dell Image + PowerPath 6.2
https://esxi-patches.v-front.de/ESXi-6.5.0.html

Media
  1. If you do not want to login to my vmware, download https://www.v-front.de/p/esxi-customizer-ps.html#download to download the lastest 6.5 build.
    .ESXi-Customizer-PS-v2.5.1.ps1 -ozip -v65
    Set-ExecutionPolicy -Scope Process -ExecutionPolicy Bypass
  2. Download PowerPath/VE 6.2
    Extract EMCPower.VMWARE.6.2.b126.zip
  3. Download esxi-image-comparator.ps1
    Blog details LINK.
  4. Place all 4 files into the same folder.
    ESXi-6.5.0-20171204001-standard.zip
    VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.5.0-5310538.x86_64-DellEMC_Customized-A05.zip
    EMCPower.VMWARE.6.2.b126.zip
    esxi-image-comparator.ps1
PowerCLI Commands
  1. Add the Dell Image and note the profile name
    Add-EsxSoftwareDepot .VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.5.0-5310538.x86_64-DellEMC_Customized-A05.zip
    Get-EsxImageProfile
  2. Add the latest VMware image and PowerPath
    Add-EsxSoftwareDepot .ESXi-6.5.0-20171204001-standard.zip
    Add-EsxSoftwareDepot .EMCPower.VMWARE.6.2.b126.zip
  3. Clone the Dell image. “DellEMC-ESXi-6.5.0-7388607-PowerPath6.2” can be called anything. Add the new vibs from vmware and powerpath.
    New-EsxImageProfile -CloneProfile DellEMC-ESXi-6.5.0-5310538-A05 -Name DellEMC-ESXi-6.5.0-7388607-PowerPath6.2 -Vendor Dell
    Set-ESXImageProfile DellEMC-ESXi-6.5.0-7388607-PowerPath6.2 -SoftwarePackage (Get-ESXSoftwarePackage -Newest)
  4. Create the image (used for validation) and ISO.
    Export-EsxImageProfile -ImageProfile DellEMC-ESXi-6.5.0-7388607-PowerPath6.2 -ExportToBundle -FilePath DellEMC-ESXi-6.5.0-7388607-PowerPath6.2.zip
    Export-EsxImageProfile -ImageProfile DellEMC-ESXi-6.5.0-7388607-PowerPath6.2 -ExportToIso -FilePath DellEMC-ESXi-6.5.0-7388607-PowerPath6.2.iso
esxi-image-comparator

Exit PowerShell. Open a new PowerShell window.

Add-EsxSoftwareDepot .VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.5.0-5310538.x86_64-DellEMC_Customized-A05.zip
Add-EsxSoftwareDepot .ESXi-6.5.0-20171204001-standard.zip
Add-EsxSoftwareDepot .DellEMC-ESXi-6.5.0-7388607-PowerPath6.2.zip
.esxi-image-comparator.ps1 -outputTable | Export-Csv -Path .esxi-image-comparator-results.csv -NoTypeInformation

CSV

Use Excels conditional formatting highlighter for duplicate values for columns B+C and again for C+D in a different color.
In my case.
B = Dell Image
C = New Image
D = VMware Image

Result

After the install from the new ISO; login to the ESXi host html5 client https://fqdn/ui to validate the build # and the powerpath vibs. I am using the dark reader chrome extension for the black background.

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