What’s that file path again????

October 13, 2021   |   by bgarmon

I’m dangerous with my knowledge of VMware ESXi. I know enough to keep it running but am a novice when it comes to maintaining and upgrading. Upgrading a Dell PowerEdge T640 from 7 U2 to U3 was a success and I patted myself on the back for not blowing up my server in the process. Until I got to the end and needed to add the Dell/EMC vendor add on. The VIBs come in the form of a .zip file.

I only lost 1 hour and 59 minutes of my time on earth with trial and error to figure out the proper path to supply. The command I thought I needed was:

esxcli software vib install -d "/vmfs/volumes/LongNumber/apps/esx/DellDrivers/DellEMC_Addon_7.0.3_A00.zip" 

This path was based on me looking at the NFS Datastores in the ESXi GUI, which I have as follows:

By clicking on the Apps datastore I was able to find the Location for this NFS share.

What I failed to understand is that as far as ESXCLI is concerned the Apps datastore is

/vmfs/volumes/LongNumber/

not

/vmfs/volumes/LongNumber/apps/

So the command I actually needed to use is:

esxcli software vib install -d "/vmfs/volumes/LongNumber/esx/DellDrivers/DellEMC_Addon_7.0.3_A00.zip" 

And then all was well with the world.

Next up – migrating OSData from internal SD Cards to SSD in prep for ESX 8….

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