How to upgrade VMWARE 5.5 ESXI with the patches

The help of VMWARE sucks. it tells you what to do but NOT exactly what to do. That, you have to find out yourself

Upgrade your vmware with patch files is being done by: (go to you cli console (ssh))

esxcli software vib update  -d /vmfs/volumes/[DATA-STORE]/[PATCH_FILE].zip

If that does not work use:

esxcli software vib install  -d /vmfs/volumes/[DATA-STORE]/[PATCH_FILE].zip

reboot the machine and you are up and running again.

CFULLHDMA: Fixing failed firmare upgrade

Sometimes it is possible that people brick their device and that it is not operational anymore.
The CFULLHDMA has a number of abilities to fix firmware version(s).

with every boot the device is checking if the firmware file is valid. When it’s not valid you will see a blue screen with information to run the firmware upgrade again.

With latest firmware releases we have added a ‘fixed’ IP address when there is no network: if you can ping this address after changing the IP of your Computer in the same range the kernel is still running and you still can fix your CFULLHDMA.

If you can ping it on it’s normal IP address (you might need an Angry IP Scanner tool) to determine it in your network, you can also use telnet

—- Only for kernel 2.6 Firmware Versions —

mount -t vfat /dev/sda1 /usb/usb0
./ForceUpgrade_k26 upgrade.bin

The upgrade.bin is the latest firmware version you can download from the Conceptronic website
the ForceUpgrade tool can be taken from here
I do not suggest anyone to use this unless you know what you are doing.

In any other situation it is NOT possible to fix the firmware file without using a Serial Console Port


Above image shows a serial console port you can put on the CFULLHDMA when you open it. (Tx,Rx,GND,V). With a console port you can get more information about the status of the device. When you use a Console Cable and you see a YAMON message things are not ok .. the kernel and firmware are not present anymore. You only see the bootloader, and only through a very extensive difficult upgrade procedure the firmware can be fixed.

CFULLHDMA: during firmware upgrade I lost power

Oh oh .. you are upgrading your CFULLHDMA and suddenly in your home there is no power anymore ..

Is there a way to fix the CFULLHDMA? There are 2 ways to fix a bricked CFULLHDMA

If you see a Blue Screen, than you have the opportunity to fix the bricked CFULLHDMA by using a USB drive/stick with upgrade.bin. Instruction are displayed on-screen.

If the CFULLHDMA is giving a BLUE SCREEN, the kernel is still running and you can fix your CFULLHDMA.  The device is searching for the upgrade and it will upgrade.

There is a small change that this way will work as kernel root files can be damaged too easily when a firmware upgrade fails (due to power failure).

The other way to fix the CFULLHDMA is by using a serial console cable. (I can do that) .. ;-)

More about this using console cable will be explained when needed or requested.