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Enable SSH on the ESXi Machine and run the following

esxcfg-info | grep "Serial N"

If this doesnt work then you can use something like this in powershell however it needs Vcenter and Vsphere CLI

Get-VMHost | Select Name,
    @{N='Serial';E={(Get-EsxCli -VMHost $_).hardware.platform.get().SerialNumber}} |
Export-Csv serial.csv -NoTypeInformation -UseCulture
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Unable to establish CIM session with ESX server: The remote server returned an error: (501) Not Implemented.

Looking in 

cat /var/log/messages

We see Cipher Errors , SHA-1 was decomissioned in window with a windows update

Ciphers Support : https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1018510

4.1 is Out of Support as of Last year : https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2039567

Need to update Vmware

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After I found HP’s version of 6.5 wasn’t stable yet : http://pariswells.com/blog/random/hp-vmware-6-5-psod 

We needed to roll back to v6 UP2

You can usually do this if you’ve done an upgrade by Pressing SHIFT and R on the Vmware load screen and roll back to the old version. For some reason the upgrade process had not set a restore point so we will have to do this manually.

I did try the below method of backing up and restore the config files , however this does not work between versions 🙁 

 

vicfg-cfgbackup.pl --server ESXi_host_IP_address -s backup.tgz
 
vicfg-cfgbackup.pl --server=ESXi_host_IP_address --username=root -l backup.tgz
 
vicfg-cfgbackup.pl --server=ESXi_host_IP_address --username=root -r

So we will have to do this manually

Settings to copy down before reinstall.

  1. IP/Subnet/Gateway and DNS of Server
  2. All VSwitch Configurations ( Names , Vlan ID’s ) as well as VKernel IP’s
  3. Make sure if your using NFS You get the paths for these , also check the VSwitch Active Active Settings ( E.g. IP Hash ) 
  4. Scratch Disk Locations ( Click the Configuration tab, then click Advanced Settings under Software. Ensure that Syslog.global.logDir  )
  5. NTP Settings

Reinstall server from scratch and reenter manually

 

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To get the lastest firmware/drivers

Instead of downloading the application , then creating a ISO with the lastest drivers, this website has every bootable iso already made and updated. just replace the M610 with what ever you have.

https://dell.box.com/bootableM610

 

Dell ESXI Install

https://dell.com/support -> Browse for a Product -> Select Servers, Storage & Networking ->PowerEdge -> Select Support Platform (See Dell VMware ESXi 6.0 blog for supported platforms) ->Drivers & Downloads -> click Change OS & select VMware ESXi 6.0 -> Expand Enterprise Solutions

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