Able to report a partial success (my esx is ancient, v4.0.0 GA nearly every update)
I have burn the oldest 3 updates onto a dvd (files are all downloaded direct by me from the vmware support website)
put dvd in the drive
mount /dev/scd0 /mnt/cdrom
and it sees the zip files
but attempting to scan any of the updates produces an error with the metadata.xml
esxupdate -m /mnt/cdrom/ESX400-200907001.zip scan
The error is:
Filename - /var/cache/esxupdate/metadata######/metadata.zip
Message -vmware.xml is missing
Errno - 5
Description - the format of the metadata is invalid
I have looked at the file on a windows PC,there is a vmware.xml file in the metadata zip ?
Can ignore this error & install the update anyway ?
# Update, Turns out that this Redhat Linux 5.1 kernel was installed part of the ESX4.0 software so i have logged a support call with them