This post is not really up to date anymore since it does not reflect the fact that I am using 6.7 images now.

While moving my ESX install from internal USB to SD card I realized I’d use the all-in-one instructions for further use. Here’s the short summary.

  1. Install official 6.5 image from HPE
  2. Enable swap on any datastore (required for image update)
  3. Restart management services (services.sh restart)
  4. Follow esxi-patches.v-front.de instructions to update to latest image
  5. Downgrade faulty scsi drivers to 5.5.0 (manual here)
  6. Reboot

Check driver used, if it’s vmw_ahci you need to disable it otherwise datastores will not be accessible. Following command will do: esxcli system module set –enabled=false –module=vmw_ahci