Wednesday, 1 June 2016

vSphere Update Manager and Host Maintenance

This post is part of VMware vSphere Install, Configure, Manage training series.

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage

VMware Update manager provides functionality to Install ESXi updates, Install ESXi Patches, Upgrade ESXi Host, Install third party software packages on ESXi Host.. Using VMware Update manager you can also automate Upgrade of VMware tools and Virtual Machine hardware version for VMs.

Once you install VMware vCenter and is ready to use then Install VMware Update manager and integrate it with vCenter server. Update manager cannot be used without vCenter server.

Update manager can be installed on same Windows system as vCenter Server. As of with vCenter Appliance 6.0 update 2, Update manager is not bundled with Appliance  vCenter system. So we need to install VMware update manager on separate Windows system and integrate it with vCenter Appliance.

In this post we will be installing VMware Update manager on Windows System and integrating it with vCenter Appliance 6.0 Update 2.

Hardware Requirements

  • 1 vCPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Disk – 80 GB

Operating System – Update manager 5.5 and above requires 64-bit Windows server 2008 or 2012 Operating systems.

Database – Update manager supports Microsoft SQL or Oracle database. For small environment you can also use Embedded SQL server 2012 express.

DSN connectivity – On 64-bit operating system you need to create DSN in 32-bit ODBC driver (\Windows\SysWOW64\odbcad32.exe).

See Next Post

  • How to Install VMware Update Manager
  • How to Configure Update manager settings
  • How to Install ESXi Patches using Update manager
  • How to Upgrade ESXi Host using Update manager
  • What is Update Manager utility





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