How to patch your VMware ESXi 5x server for free using esxicli command line

First, download the current patch from VMware. VMwareIn my case, it was ESXi550-201312001 that I downloaded from Download Patches page. You will need to have a valid VMware login but you don’t have to pay for a support contract 🙂

Copy the downloaded zip file to your ESXi server. I put it in /vmfs/volumes/52f573f2-d2dddb9e-e83a-001b213a7c46/Patches/ but you can put it anywhere on your server. How to transfer it? Either temporarily enable ssh on the server and use winscp or scp.

Log into the console (I enabled ssh on the server) and issue the following command:

esxcli software vib update -d *where ever you put it*/
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PowerBuilder: Download your PowerBuilder patches for v11.x, 12.x before April 15th! Sybase is taking them away!

Download the ebfs (patches) for PowerBuilder 11x and 12x now before Sybase removes them from the!

Announcement from SAP/Sybase:

April 11, 2013
Dear Valued Sybase Customer:

This letter provides notification of the end of sale for the following versions of Sybase PowerBuilder.

Product Platform End of Sale Migration Path
PowerBuilder 12.x Windows 04/15/2013 PowerBuilder 12.5.2
PowerBuilder 12.5.x Windows 04/15/2013 PowerBuilder 12.5.2

Please note that EBFs for PowerBuilder 11.x, 11.5.x, 12.x and 12.5.x (except for PowerBuilder 12.5.2) will no longer be available as of April 15, 2013.

If you have any questions, please call your local Sybase Technical Support Center. One of our Customer Service representatives will respond to your questions or direct your call to someone who can. For the number of your closest Technical Support Center, please go to:

Thank you for your cooperation in this product transition. We regret any inconvenience that discontinuing the sale of this product may cause your organization. Our support staff is available to assist you in any way possible.

Sue Dunnell
PowerBuilder Product Manager
Sybase, an SAP Company

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Looking for a bug fix release schedule for ASE?

Many of you may not know that Sybase openly lists the release schedules for ASE 12.5 and 15.0. The release schedules list not only when the estimated release date of the patches, but the list of bug fixes that are expected to be in each patch.

Targeted ASE 12.5.x Release Schedule and CR list Information

Targeted ASE 15.0 Release Schedule and CR list Information

How cool is that? Sybase has been providing this information for a number of years as you can still see the release schedule for the old 12.0 releases!

A word of caution: The release schedule and the bugs listed to be fixed in the patches are tentative and are not ‘set in stone’. Sometimes during testing issues are found with bug fixes (it might cause other issues) or some other thing might come up that might delay the bug fix or release of the patch.

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