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How to Install vSphere Update Manager Step by Step

VMware vSphere Update Manager is an patching and upgrade tool from VMware which allows IT Teams to directly patch & upgrade their ESXi hosts with the step by step process. Once you install vSphere Update Manager you can check for the the patches or upgrades directly from the vSphere web client. vSphere Update Manager is directly integrated with vCenter Server.

vSphere Update Manager(VUM) will allow you to upgrade or patch ESXi hosts, Upgrade Virtual Appliances, Upgrade VMware Tools & Upgrade virtual machine hardware. In our previous post we have seen on vSphere Update manager overview so now in this post we will see on how to install vSphere Update Manager step by step.

If you don’t know about vSphere Update Manager then check below link:
vSphere Update Manager Overview .

For Installing vSphere Update Manager you will find it’s installation option in the vCenter Server ISO file.

Step 1:
Mount the vCenter Server ISO file.
Select the Server in vSphere Update Manager.
Update Manager requires an database so if you have larger environment more then 5 hosts & 50 VM’s then you need to go for the dedicated database server.
If you have small environment you can go for the Embedded Database which is SQL Server Express 2012.
Select the Embedded database & click Install.


Step 2:
Choose appropriate language & click OK to continue.


Step 3:
Click Next to start the Installation wizard.


Step 4:
Accept the end user license agreement & click Next.


Step 5:
Here you can specify whether you want to download updates directly after installation or leave it blank.
Click Next to continue.


Step 6:
Provide the vCenter Server information such as IP Address or Hostname of vCenter Server & Credentials of vCenter Server.
Click Next.


Step 7:
Choose the vSphere Update Manager Server & Open the Ports which will be used by vSphere Update Manager.
Click Next to continue.


Step 8:
Choose the Installation directory where you want to install the vSphere Update Manager.
Also provide the directory for Repository where the patches will be stored. (Make sure it is having an 120GB of free disk space.)
Click Next.


If the disk doesn’t have the sufficient space then you will get below warning.
Click OK to continue.


Step 9:
Click Install to start the installation of vSphere Update Manager.


Installation will take few minutes to complete.


Once the Installation completed. you can click Finish to close the wizard.

You can check for the Update Manager plug in in the vSphere Web client.



That’s it we have successfully installed the vSphere Update Manager. In the upcoming posts we will see on further configuration & how to patch or upgrade the ESXi using vSphere Update Manager.

Checkout Our Posts on vSphere Update Manager:

vSphere Update Manager Overview

How to Patch ESXi hosts using VUM Step by Step ?

How to Configure Proxy Settings in VUM ?

How to Configure Download Schedule in VUM ?

How to Upgrade VMware Tools using VUM Step by Step ?

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Mayur Parmar

Hi I am Mayur Parmar. Independent Author & Founder of Mastering VMware. I am working in IT industry for more than 4 Years with knowledge of VMware , Microsoft Server's, Linux Server's.

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