What is Update Manager in vSphere?

Update Manager enables centralized, automated patch and version management for VMware vSphere and offers support for VMware ESXi hosts, and virtual machines. With Update Manager, you can perform the following tasks: Upgrade and patch ESXi hosts. Install and update third-party software on hosts.

How do I get vSphere Update Manager?

To access the Update Manager administration view in the vSphere Web Client, click the vSphere Web Client Home menu, and click Update Manager. From the Objects tab, click the IP Address of the Update Manager instance you want to administer.

How do I use vSphere Update Manager?

Place the ESX host into maintenance mode. Right-click on the ESX host, select Enter Maintenance Mode, and click Yes. Right-click on the ESX host and select Remediate > Critical Host Patches and Non-Critical Host Patches baselines and click Next. Select which updates or patches to install, click Next >Next > Finish.

What are the three things that Update Manager can actually update?

Update Manager is able to perform major version upgrades, apply patches, or install extensions on managed ESXi hosts.

How do I update my vCenter server?

On the web page, select the drop-down menu VC > Select 6.7, click the checkbox, and download the latest file.

  1. Download the latest VCSA patch.
  2. Connect the update ISO to the VCSA virtual machine.
  3. Connect to the VCSA appliance.
  4. Check updates via CD ROM.
  5. Select CD ROM + URL.
  6. Backup your vCenter Server first.

What is vSphere Lifecycle Manager?

vSphere Lifecycle Manager encompasses the functionality that Update Manager provides in earlier vSphere releases and enhances it by adding new features and options for ESXi lifecycle management at a cluster level.

How do I check for vSphere updates?


  1. Log into the vCenter Server Management Interface as root.
  2. Click Update.
  3. Click Check Updates and select a source.
  4. You can run a pre-check of an update to verify that it is compatible with your current deployment.
  5. Click the staging option you would like to use.