Update Manager

VMware Update Manager Overview

VMware Update Manager is a very useful tool for easy and smooth upgrade of your vSphere Infrastructure. Before vSphere 6.5 Update manager needs to be installed on the different windows server to use Update Manager functionality but after vSphere 6.7 VMware has integrated it directly into vCenter Server Appliance so you don’t need to install Update Manager differently and you can easily access and upgrade your vSphere infra easily. In this post we will see on the latest version of VMware Update Manager in vSphere 6.7.

VMware Update Manager is very useful for Upgradation and Patching your VMware Infra. You can simply Upgrade & Patch your ESXi Hosts with just few clicks. Update Manager also allows you to Upgrade VMware Tools and VM Hardware versions easily with just clicks.VMware Update Manager is very much improved and changed since the last releases now with the latest version it is much simpler to use it.

Just few days ago VMware announced the vSphere 6.7U2 so we thought to give it a try in our LAB and after deploying we found that Update Manager is very much changed and very easily to use nowadays with the latest version. So in this post we will show you overview of the Update Manager .

So first to When you login to vCenter Server you will see Home page. From here you can go to Update Manager easily from the left side navigator section.
Click on Update Manager to access it.

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Home:

This is the first tab of the Update Manager which is home tab, It show you all the information regarding hosts with baselines attached, which baselines are attached, Non-compliant clusters and hosts etc.
So you can easily identify the hosts which are not compliant and needs to be upgraded ASAP.
You can also do Export the list.

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Monitor:

As the Name says here you can see the Events and Notification of the Update Manager. As of now we don’t have any Notification so it is empty.

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Baselines:

Baselines are the very important step of the Upgrade process, Before going for Upgrade you must create an baseline of your desired upgrade so you can easily upgrade your cluster or hosts through baseline.
Here you can see that we have 2 default baselines created but you can also create the baseline simply be clicking on New. You can also Edit, Delete or Duplicate baselines.
If you want you can also Export the baselines.

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Updates:

Here you can see downloaded updates or patches. You can also manually initiate Patch downloads by clicking on Download Now.
If you have already downloaded Patches from VMware you can easily upload those as well.
If you have scheduled download configured you can see Next scheduled download.

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ESXi Images:

This is the page where you can upload your ESXi images directly. You can download your desired ESXi images from VMware Portal and you can simply Import it here by clicking Import.
All the Imported ESXi images will be listed here.
This you can use when you want specific version of ESXi needs to be upgraded or you are going for major upgrade version so you can simply Import ESXi images and use that to upgrade vSphere.

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Settings:

Settings as the name says you can do additional settings here related to Update Manager.
You can configure Administration settings of Update Manager such as Automatic Download Schedule, Network connectivity etc.
You can configure Remediation Settings for Hosts and VMs.

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This was the quick overview of the latest version of Update Manager comes integrated with the vCenter Server Appliance 6.7. So you can see that Update Manager is very much improved and very easy to configure and do upgrades. In the next posts we will see more about Update Manager.

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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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