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How to install VUM with external database

VUM is an vSphere Update Manager which is recommended tool from VMware for patching & upgrading vSphere ESXi hosts, virtual appliances & vmware tools. In our previous posts we have seen on how to install vSphere Update Manger step by step with embedded database but that will be used only when you have small environment consisting of 5 Hosts & 50 virtual machines.

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In case of larger vSphere environment you will need an external database for storing the vSphere Update Manager data. External database you can use either Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle Database.

In this post we will see on How to install vSphere Update Manager with external database. For using external database first you need to create DSN for setting up connectivity with database server.

Checkout our below post on how to create database & DSN for vSphere Update Manager:

How to create database in MS SQL Server & Create DSN in Windows Server Step by Step ?

There will be 2 more additional steps in the installation steps.

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.
In this we will be working with external database so direct click Install to start the installation process.


Step 2:
Click Next to start the Installation wizard.


Step 3:
Accept the end user license agreement & click Next.


Step 4:
Here you can specify whether you want to download updates directly after installation or leave it blank.
Click Next to continue.


Step 5:
Provide the vCenter Server information such as IP Address or Hostname of vCenter Server & Credentials of vCenter Server.
Click Next.


Step 6:
In this step we will have to select the DSN which we have created for the database.
If your DSN is not listed then click on drop down to choose the DSN.
Click Next.


Step 7:
Provide the database username & password.
Click Next.


Step 8:
Choose the vSphere Update Manager Server & Open the Ports which will be used by vSphere Update Manager.
Click Next to continue.


Step 9:
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.


Step 10:
Click Install to start the installation of vSphere Update Manager.

Installation will take few minutes to install. After successful installation you can verify it by going into vSphere web client & you will find the Update Manager plug in there.

Checkout our below post on how to create database & DSN for vSphere Update Manager:

How to create database in MS SQL Server & Create DSN in Windows Server Step by Step ?


Checkout Our Posts on vSphere Update Manager:

vSphere Update Manager Overview

How to Install vSphere Update Manager Step by Step ?

How to Patch ESXi hosts 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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