It was time to upgrade my macmini’s running vmware ESXi 5.5 to 6. Since I didn’t want to hazzel with ISO’s and do it from the comfort of my desk I chose to do it via SSH and esxcli.
Shut down all VMs on your ESXi host machine.
Connect via SSH and enter maintenance mode.
To be able to download the updates you need a firewall rule for httpClient.
Next, you need to list the ESXi 6.x files available. It’s listed with Software, version, release number and build. In my case as of 2015-08 it’s ESXi-6.0.0-2494585-standard.
Now you are ready to upgrade your system.
Now you are ready to restart the machine and enjoy ESXi-6 and its features. Remember if you are upgrading a macmini you might need to reselect EFI Boot after restart.