Update a VMware ESX 4.1 Host

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To scan for updates

esxupdate -m https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/esx/vmw/vmw-ESXi-4.1.0-metadata.zip scan

Stage updates

esxupdate -m https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/esx/vmw/vmw-ESXi-4.1.0-metadata.zip stage

Enter Maintenance Mode

vim-cmd /hostsvc/maintenance_mode_enter

Apply updates

esxupdate -m https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/esx/vmw/vmw-ESXi-4.1.0-metadata.zip update

Exit Maintenance Mode

vim-cmd /hostsvc/maintenance_mode_exit

Finally Reboot

reboot

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