In previous releases of the VCSA, patching and updating of the VCSA was performed through what was known as the VAMI interface which provided both a UI as well as a command-line which I have blogged about here. The simplest and easiest method was of course using the UI which just required opening a browser to https://[VCSA]:5480 as seen in the screenshot below.
UPDATE (09/04/15) – In vSphere 6.0 Update 1, URL based patching is now available. You can find more details here.
In the VCSA 6.0, the old VAMI UI interface no longer exists and to update/patch the VCSA you will need to use the appliancesh command-line interface. There is a command called "software-packages" which is used to update/patch the software on the VCSA. This information is also documented here.
VMware just recently released a patch update to vSphere 6.0 and one of the updates is applicable to VCSA (Embedded) and VC/PSC (External) as noted in this VMware KB 211640. There are two patches (Third Party & Bug/Security Fix) which are available as an ISO which can be downloaded from here.
Before you can apply the patch/update, you will need to mount the patch ISO to your VCSA/PSC using either the vSphere C#/Web Client as you would with any other ISO. The second step is to login to the VCSA/PSC and if you have disable the appliancesh, you just need to type "appliancesh" and you will be prompted to login with your root credentials.
Once logged into the applianesh, the software-packages supports two options:
- Stage patches from ISO and then install
- Stage patches from ISO and install at a later time
If you wish to perform the update/patch in a single step by staging and installing, you can run the following command:
software-packages install –iso –acceptEulas
software-packages stage –iso –acceptEulas
Once you are ready to install the staged patches, you will need to run the following command:
software-packages install –staged
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