In the previous article, I talked about the installation of VMware vSphere Update Manager (VUM) 5.0. In this article, I want to explain the basic configuration options that we can play with and how we can apply patches to host machines via VUM. In previous version of VUM, virtual machines can be patched also. But in this version, we can only patch hosts, upgrade hosts and perform VMware Tools / Virtual Machine hardware upgrade operations. So lets begin with the basic configuration options we have.
Throughout the last three articles, I’ve talked about the installations of ESXi 5, vCenter Server and vSphere Client. Actually these three components of VMware virtualization are sufficient to build and manage your basic virtual environment. But as any operating system in IT world, ESXi virtualization software also needs updates against the vulnerabilities and bugs. VMware vSphere Update Manager 5 was written for updating ESXi 5 and ESX 4/3.5 host machines and vmtools/hardware version of the virtual machines in your environment. Believe me, it must be a permanent component in your vSphere environment. In this article I will try to explain the installation of VMware vSphere Update Manager 5 component.