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How to patch and update a Dell Server running VMware ESX 3.5

In this post, we’re going to run through patching/upgrading the firmware on a Dell PowerEdge 1950 III Server running VMware ESX 3.5.
The procedure should also apply to most recent Dell Servers running ESX 3.5, but your mileage may vary 🙂
Get your hands on the Software Update Utility DVD ISO and Burn it.
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VMware ESX: This product has expired

If you find you can’t Power On a virtual machine on ESX 3.5, and you’re seeing this in your error logs:
Message from esxserver.yourdomain.com: This product has expired. Be sure that your host machine’s date and time are set correctly. There is a more recent version available at the VMware Web site: “http://www.vmware.com/info?id=4”.
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How to force VMware to generate a new MAC address for a virtual machine

How to force VMware to regenerate a MAC address for a virtual machine (or guest OS).

Shut down the Guest OS.
Open up the .vmx file.
Delete the following lines (that begin with…):

 
Boot up the Guest OS again, and it should generate new details in the vmx file (I’d check afterwards to be doubly sure).

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