With the release of vSphere 6.0 Update 2 I needed to update my hosts! VMware Update Manager [VUM] makes updating and patching your environment very easy. It can also be used to upgrade VMTools and VMHardware versions on your virtual machines. In this post I will be installing VUM on Windows Server 2012 R2 VM using the SQL Express database and attaching it to my VCSA 6.0 U2 appliance. Once installed then I will use VUM to update my environment!
- Must have a vCenter.
- Software: .NET Framework 3.5 needs to be installed on the VUM server. For two install methods click here and here.
- Hardware: 2 GB of RAM if separated from vCenter. 8 GB of RAM if installed on a Windows vCenter.
- Storage: VMware recommends at least 120 GB of free space for the patching repository. Sizing Estimator for vSphere Update Manager 6.0.
- SQL Express: If you have a small environment (VMware says 5 hosts and 50 virtual machines or less) then the embedded SQL Express database is just fine.
- External: If you have a larger environment then you will want to use a external database. Click here and here to read more about having a external database.
- For a full of requirements check out the VMware Update Manager 6.0 Update 2 Release Notes.
- Click here for all VMware Update Manager documentation.