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ESX Server 3.0.2, Patch ESX-1003525: Fix for esxupdate Utility (1003525)

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Release Date: 07/08/08
Document Last Updated: 07/08/08

Product Versions ESX Server 3.0.2
Patch Classification Critical
Supersedes ESX-1003175
Virtual Machine Migration or Reboot Required No
ESX Server Host Reboot Required No
PRs Fixed 235445
Affected Hardware N/A
Affected Software Unknown
RPMs Included vmware-python-libs-0.99-8, gnupg-1.2.1-20.i386.rpm, VMware-esx-scripts
Related CVE numbers N/A


The tarball upgrade for ESX Server 3.5 update releases uses a depot format to encapsulate multiple bundles in a single installation. The version of esxupdate included with ESX Server 3.0.2 does not have this functionality. Without this functionality, users cannot directly upgrade to ESX Server 3.5 update releases from ESX Server 3.0.2 using tarball upgrade. This patch updates the esxupdate to include this functionality.
The following error message is reported:

Unable to find depot




Deployment Considerations   


Download Instructions

Download and verify the patch bundle as follows:

1.      Download patch ESX-1003525 from .
2.      Log in to the ESX Server service console as root.

3.      Create a local depot directory.

# mkdir -p /var/updates

Note: VMware recommends that you use the updates directory.

4.      Change your working directory to /var/updates.

# cd /var/updates

5.      Download the tar file into the /var/updates directory.
6.      Verify the integrity of the downloaded tar file:
# md5sum ESX-1003525.tgz

The md5 checksum output should match the following:

4a418db22696851f6388976fe89863ba ESX-1003525.tgz

7.      Extract the compressed tar archive:

# tar -xvzf ESX-1003525.tgz

8.      Change to the newly created directory, /var/updates/ESX-1003525:

# cd ESX-1003525

Installation Instructions

After you download and extract the archive, and if you are in the directory that you previously created, use the following command to install the update:

# esxupdate update

To run esxupdate from a different directory, you must specify the bundle path in the command:

# esxupdate -r file://<directory>/ESX-1003525 update

For example, if the host is called depot:

# esxupdate -r file:///depot/var/updates/ESX-1003525 update

During the update process, logs appear on the terminal. You can specify the verbosity of esxupdate logs by using the -v option as shown below.

# esxupdate -v 10 file://<directory>/ESX-1003525 update

For more information how to use esxupdate, see the Patch Management for ESX Server 3 tech note at

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