Deploying VMware Update Manager 6.0 Update 2

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!

VUM Getting Started


  • 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.
  • Database:
    • 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.

Install VMware Updates Manager:

Here is the download link for VUM.

Extract or mount the vCenter ISO and launch the install. If the autorun didn’t run you can manually launch by going to the UpdateManager folder and running VMware-UpdateManager.exe

I will be installing this in my home lab and will be using SQL Express.

Click Install:

VUM Install 1 - Update Manager Server Install

SQL Installer will pop up but won’t require any interaction from you. It will perform a Express installation.

VUM Install 2 - Installing SQL Express

Once SQL finishes you will be prompted with the language selection. Click Ok:

VUM Install 3 - Select Language

Click Next:

VUM Install 4 - Welcome to Install Wizard

Accept the EULA to continue then click Next:

VUM Install 5 - Accept EULA

I always like to do the download manually. Uncheck it and click Next:

VUM Install 6 - Support Information

Enter the details of your vCenter server and a user account to use. Highly recommend using a Service Account. Click Next:

VUM Install 7 - vCenter Server Information

If you have a DNS server in your environment change the drop down menu to the FQDN of your VUM server. If not then IP address is okay. If you need to enter proxy settings to access the internet you can do so now or you can skip and perform later. Click Next:

VUM Install 8 - VUM Port Settings

You can change the install directory and patch repository here. Click Next:

VUM Install 9 - Destination Folder

If you do not have 120 GB of free space you will get the following message. Check out the sizing estimator in the Requirements section above to see how much space you should have. You can proceed without having the space requirement.

Click Ok:

VUM Install 9-1 - Not enough space

Click Install:

VUM Install 10 - Ready to Install

Yay VUM is now installed. Click Finish:

VUM Install 11 - Installation Complete

Install the VUM Plug-In:

Next the is to enable the VUM plug-in in the thick client. In the top menu  go to Plug-ins -> Manage Plug-ins:

VUM Configure 1 - Manage Plug-ins

You should now see the VUM Extension in the Available Plug-ins section. Click Download and Install:

VUM Configure 2 - Download and Install

A install wizard should launch. Just agree/accept/next your way through it. Nothing you can configure.

Once the wizard completed you should get the following SSL security warning since it is using a self sign certificate. Check the box and click Ignore:

VUM Configure 3 - Accept SSL Warning

Now the VUM Plug-in should show Enabled:

VUM Configure 4 - VUM Enabled

To open VUM go to Home -> Update Manager:

VUM Configure 5 - Update Manager Icon

Welcome to VUM!

VUM Configure 6 - Welcome to VUM

Download Critical/Non-Critical Baseline Updates:

Let’s start out with a simple task and update the default baselines for Critical and Non-Critical patches from VMware. This will update your currently installed version of ESXi with the latest updates/patches of that same version. For example, if you are running 5.5 then you will get the latest updates for 5.5, it will not upgrade you from 5.5 to 6.0. If you are running 6.0 then this method will update you to 6.0 Update 2! If you are on 5.x scroll down and use the ESXi Image update method.

Click on Configuration -> Download Settings. Here you can configure a proxy settings if applicable. Click Download Now to download updates from the default VMware sources:

VUM Configure 7 - Download VMware Patches

A task will appear in the tasks pane. Once completed go to Baselines and Groups. There is now numbers below Content:

VUM Configure 8 - Baseline and Groups

Remediate Hosts to Apply Update Baselines:

Next lets remediate a host to apply these updates. Go to Home -> Hosts and Clusters -> then click on a Hosts or Cluster. Now click on the Update Manager tab then Attach:

VUM Configure 9 - Attach Baseline

Select the Critical and Non-Critical baselines then click Attach:

VUM Configure 10 - Select Baseline and Attach

Both baselines should now appear under the Attached Baseline section. Click Scan:

VUM Configure 11 - Scan

Since we don’t have any Upgrade baselines just click Scan:

VUM Configure 12 - Confirm Scan

All of my hosts are Non-Compliant!! Let’s remediate one of them. Click Remediate in the lower part of the screen:

VUM Configure 13 - Remediate

Select which baselines you want to use then uncheck/check the hosts you want to apply. Click Next:

VUM Configure 14 - Remediation Selection

Here is a list of all the patches that will be applied. If for some reason you want to exclude a patch you can deselect it now. Click Next:

VUM Configure 15 - Patches and Extensions

Enter a task name and when you want the remediation to happen. Click Next:

VUM Configure 16 - Schedule

Change settings here if applicable. Click Next:

VUM Configure 17 - Host Remediation Options

Change settings here if needed. Click Next:

VUM Configure 18 - Cluster Remediation Options

Once you are satisfied click Finish:

VUM Configure 19 - Ready to Complete

If your host wasn’t already in maintenance mode you will notice VUM will put it in maintenance mode for you. You can monitor the progress of the remediation by watching the task.

VUM Configure 20 - Remediate Tasks Running

Once finished one of my hosts is showing Compliant! Time to rinse and repeat 🙂

VUM Configure 21 - 1 Host Complete

How to Update ESXi version using VUM:

You can also use VUM to upgrade your ESXi hosts. You have to use this method for major upgrades, such as 5.1 to 5.5 and 5.5 to 6.0. This method will also work going from 6.0.0 to 6.0 U2.

First you need to download a ESXi image. If you are using HP or Dell I would advise using their customized ESXi images. They contain the latest drivers and packages that are applicable to your hardware. Otherwise you can download the version from VMware.

Now you have the ESXi image let’s upload it to VUM. Back in the thick client go to Home -> Update Manager -> ESXi Images tab -> Import ESXi Image:

VUM ESXi Update 1 - Import ESXi Image

Browse for your download ESXi image then click Next:

VUM ESXi Update 2 - Browse for ESXi Image

Once the upload complete click Next:

VUM ESXi Update 3 - Upload Complete

The Import ESXi Image wizard will also create our Baseline. Enter a name then click Finish:

VUM ESXi Update 4 - Baseline Name

You will now see the ESXi image.

VUM ESXi Update 5 - ESXi Image Added

Let’s attach the new Upgrade Baseline to a cluster/host! Go to Home -> Hosts & Clusters -> Select a Cluster or Host -> Click the Update Manager tab -> then click Attach:

VUM ESXi Update 6 - Attach ESXi Upgrade Baseline

Select the Upgrade Baseline then click Attach:

VUM ESXi Update 7 - Attach Baseline

Now kick off a Scan:

VUM ESXi Update 8 - Scan

Ensure the Upgrades box is checked as we want to scan for that. Click Scan:

VUM ESXi Update 9 - Confirm Scan

One of my hosts needs to be updated! Click Remediate in the bottom right of the window:

VUM ESXi Update 10 - Remediate

The Remediate Wizard is mostly the same as when we performed Critical / Non-Critical updates. Select the host(s) you want to remediate then click Next:

VUM ESXi Update 11 - Remediation Selection

Accept the EULA to continue then click Next:

VUM ESXi Update 12 - EULA

If you are upgrading from ESXi 5.x then you will want to leave the box unchecked to alert about any issues. Click Next:

VUM ESXi Update 13 - ESXi 6 Upgrade

Continue through the wizard. Once you are satisfied with the summary click Finish:

VUM ESXi Update 14 - Ready to Complete

You can watch the Task in the Task pane for a status of the upgrade. Once complete you should show that host as Compliant!

VUM ESXi Update 15 - Compliant


15 thoughts on “Deploying VMware Update Manager 6.0 Update 2

  1. What permissions did you give the Service Account in vSphere? I have not been able to find any detail on what level of permission is needed. Thanks in Advance!

  2. I have a question regarding the section in the wizard that says “Update manager 6.0 will upgrade esxi 5.x hosts to ESXi 6.0”. Does it automatically upgrade hosts during the VUM upgrade? I don’t want it to upgrade the hosts…

    • Hi Jon, To deploy VUM there is no outage to vCenter/Hosts/ or any VMs. To remediate hosts there also isn’t an outage as one by one each host is put into maintenance mode thus vMotioning all VMs off. If you use VUM to update VMtools each VM will want a reboot so that will require a maintenance window.

  3. This guide worked like a champ. One thing you should add though is you must upgrade your VCSA to the same version as VUM or your going to have a bad time. Once I got that done the rest was cake.

  4. Weird after the upgrades were complete now when I open vsphere I get alert about not being able to connect to the VUM I have the firewall disabled.

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