How to kill a problematic VM via SSH

If you have a VM that is locked up and can’t be shut down from vsphere, you can do the following: Open a console session where the esxcli tool is available, either in the ESXi Shell, the vSphere Management Assistant (vMA), or the location where the vSphere Command-Line Interface (vCLI) is installed. Get a list …

How to apply OpenSSL Heartbleed patches for ESXi 5.5

VMware has just released updates for ESXi 5.5 that address the OpenSSL Heartbleed vulnerability by updating OpenSSL to the latest version 1.0.1g (Please note: Older versions of ESXi are not vulnerable, because they use OpenSSL versions <1.0.0). Please note: The out-of-band patch for the Heartbleed issue is provided as two different Offline patch bundles: One includes …

How to update your standalone ESXi Host

After announcing it at VMworld 2013 in San Francisco VMware has released vSphere 5.5 (and other related product updates) – surprisingly on a Sunday.  Here are links to the downloads: http://www.yellow-bricks.com/2013/09/22/start-engines-time-download-vsphere-5-5/   In this post I will provide a quick way to update your standalone ESXi host to ESXi 5.5 and an important heads-up for the early adopters. …