Alarasheed Blog · July 7, 2023 0

How to update to VMware ESXi 7.0.3 Update 3n build 21930508

The purpose of this blog post is to provide the guidance and the steps needed to update my current ESXi 7 environment (ESXi 7.0.3 Update 3m build number 21686933) to ESXi 7.0.3 Update 3n build 21930508.

Release notes for VMware ESXi 7.0 Update 3n can be found here. Below is a screenshot of my current environment prior to update 3n. Previous build numbers can be found here.

** Please keep in mind, this guides applies to my personal home lab environment so please proceed with caution and take the appropriate steps including documentation to ensure you have a successful update. **

I decided to use the ESXCLI command method to proceed with the ESXI Host update and there is no better resource to act as a guide than Paul Braren‘s blog post found here.

ESXi 7.0.3 Build 21686933

In order to use the command provided by Paul, the first step is to enable SSH on the host. Log into your ESXi host interface, right-click the ESXi Host, followed by Services, and then select Enable Secure Shell (SSH).

Enable Secure Shell (SSH)

Next, SSH into the ESXi Host (I use Terminal) and then log in using your Root credentials.

Terminal Session

I included the first command found in the screenshot below but since my Dell PowerEdge R720 server is not found on the VMware Compatibility List, it triggered a No Hardware Warning alert.

First Command:

esxcli software profile update -p ESXi-7.0U3n-21930508-standard -d 

In order to get around this alert, you’ll need to add –no-hardware-warning to the end of the command.

Second Command

esxcli software profile update -p ESXi-7.0U3n-21930508-standard -d  –no-hardware-warning

Note: there are two dashes\hyphens prior to the word No in the command below. For whatever reason, it doesn’t display properly when I publish this post.


Once the command has been successfully applied, the update process begins and you’ll then be prompted to reboot your ESXi host. I was able to keep track of the reboot process using my idrac session.

Once the ESXi host is up and running, you’ll be able to confirm the update is complete.

ESXi 7.0.3 u3n Build 21686933

If I have missed anything or if you have any suggestions, please let me know.

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