VMWare Update Manager

Baseline = group of VMWare patches
Baseline Group = a selection of baselines

Steps to use VUM
First, it is integrated in Virtual Center now!!
1. Create baseline
2. Create baseline group
3. Attach to a host or cluster
4. Check compliancy
5. Remediate

- check that all patches are downloaded, see patch repository
- create baseline, month + year + environment + product
- create baseline group, environment + month + year
- on cluster > attach baseline group > scan > stage > remediate.

 

When you install Update Manager, you can select the location for storing the downloaded patches and upgrade binaries.
To change the location after installation, you must manually edit the vci-integrity.xml file.
Procedure
Log in as an administrator to the machine on where Update Manager server runs.
Stop the Update Manager service.
Right-click My Computer and click Manage.
In the left pane, expand Services and Applications, and click Services.
In the right pane, right-click VMware vSphere Update Manager Service and click Stop.
Navigate to the Update Manager installation directory and locate the vci-integrity.xml file.
The default location is C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\Infrastructure\Update Manager.
(Optional) In case you want to revert to the previous configuration, create a backup copy of this file.
Edit the file by changing the following items:
<patchStore>your_new_location</patchStore>
The default patch download location is C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VMware\VMware Update Manager\Data\.
The directory path must end with \.
Save the file in UTF-8 format, replacing the existing file.
Copy the contents from the old patch store directory to the new folder.
Start the Update Manager service by right-clicking VMware vSphere Update Manager Service in the Computer Management window and selecting Start.

 

Update Manager checks for host patches and extensions at regular intervals.
The default schedule settings ensure frequent checks, but you can change the schedule if your environment requires more or less frequent checks.
If you need the latest host patches and extensions, you might want to reduce the time interval between checks for updates.
Similarly, if you are not concerned about the latest updates, if you want to reduce network traffic, or if you cannot access the update servers, you might want to increase the time interval between the checks for updates.
By default, downloading update metadata and binaries is enabled and the respective task is called VMware vSphere Update Manager Update Download task. You can change/modify the configuration of the task.
Prerequisites
Required privileges: VMware vSphere Update Manager.Configure
To download update data, the machine on which Update Manager is installed must have Internet access.
Procedure
In the vSphere Client, select Menu > Update Manager.
Navigate to Menu > Update Manager.
Click the Settings tab.
Select Administration Settings > Patch Downloads.
In the Automatic Download Settings pane, click the Edit button.
The Edit Settings for Automatic Patch Downloads dialog box appears. The Download patches check box is selected by default. If you deselect the check box, the automatic task that checks for notifications is disabled.
Configure the download task settings.
Select the Download patches check box.
Enter a new task name.
Additional details about the task can be entered in the Description text box.
To receive notification emails after the task finishes, enter one or more emails.
You must configure mail settings for the vSphere Client to be able to use this option. For more information, see the vCenter Server and Host Management documentation.
Click Save.
Results
The task runs according to the time you specified.
What to do next
To download all updates immediately, select Administration Settings > Patch Downloads and click Download Now.

 

 

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