How to Upgrade vSphere ESXi from 6.5 U2 to 7.0 U2 with Offline Bundle

This post is to document the process to upgrade vSphere ESXi from 6.5 U2 to 7.0 U2 using Offline Bundle.


Check the VMware official doc from the link below, confirmed it is ok to upgrade from 6.5 U2 directly to 7.0 U2

Download the Offline bundle from the link below

Download VMware vSphere – VMware Customer Connect

Shutdown all the VMs and place the host in Maintenance mode

Enable Shell and Remote SSH

Upgrade to ESXi 7.0 Update 2

Open Datastore Browser and upload the offline bundle file (.zip), please DO NOT UNZIP it.

SSH into the ESXi host and confirm the absolute path of the offline bundle file

Use the command below to list out the upgrade files in the .zip file. The one ends with “standard” is the one we are after

[root@localhost:/vmfs/volumes/5c9eb312-fcef3776-8ef5-484d7ed10c84/ISO] esxcli software sources profile list -d /vmfs/volumes/5c9eb312-fce
Name                           Vendor        Acceptance Level
-----------------------------  ------------  ----------------
ESXi-7.0U2a-17867351-no-tools  VMware, Inc.  PartnerSupported
ESXi-7.0U2a-17867351-standard  VMware, Inc.  PartnerSupported

Now run the command below to upgrade the ESXi host, once done, it will tell you “The update completed successfully, …reboot”

esxcli software profile update -p ESXi-7.0U2a-17867351-standard -d /vmfs/volumes/5c9eb312-fcef3776-8ef5-484d7ed10c84/ISO/

Go head reboot and after a while you can see it is ESXi 7.0.2 now

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