Saturday, 22 April 2017

VMware vSphere Update Manager installation and integration with vCenter appliance

Or, vCenter appliance integration with update manager
Or, Update manager with vCenter appliance
Or, How to use update manager with vCenter appliance
Or, How to install update manager
Or, Enabling Update Manger client plugin for vSphere traditional client
Or, Enabling Update Manger client plugin for vSphere web client

Description: Friends, if you were using update manager on vCenter server with windows server operating system platform and now want to use it with vCenter appliance, or if you have installed vCenter appliance and now want to use update manager with this appliance, you may get all your answers here.

 Scenario: I have recently migrated from windows based vCenter server to vCenter appliance. Now I want to use Update Manager with this vCenter appliance but the challenge is, update manager cant’t be installed on vCenter appliance or Linux based OS, it can be installed on Windows based OS only.

There are two stages in this article, in Stage-1 we will see how to install update manager and integration of update manager with vCenter appliance. In Stage-2, we will be enabling update manager plugin for vSphere web client and vCenter traditional client.

Enabling client plugin on vSphere web client and vSphere traditional client is must because only after this, you would be able to get the Update Manager icon in your vSphere clients.

So now, I have my vCenter server running on vCenter appliance and going to install update manager on windows based operating system and while the installation of Update Manager, I will integrate it with vCenter appliance. Latter in stage-2, I will be enabling Update manager plugin with my vCenter server appliance using vSphere web client and vSphere traditional client.

Stage-1/Steps:  Installation and integration of Update Manager with vCenter appliance

Download the VMware vCenter Server ISO for Windows from MyVmware download portal ( In my case its, VMware vCenter Server 6.0 3a and module for Windows )












Mount the ISO on the Windows Machine (I am having Windows Server 2012 R2)













Right Click on Autorun executable file > Choose Run ad administrator
















Click on Install



















Wait for the Installation of SQL Express completion



















Click Next



















Accept the license agreement terms > Click Next



















Choose Download updates from default source immediately after installation > Click Next



















Fill in all the required details/credentials of vCenter appliance server > Click Next (This is where you are integrating Update Manager with your existing vCenter server appliance)



















Give IP or Name of the Update Manager server here > Click Next



















If you have proxy server, fill in all the details or leave these fields blank > Click Next



















Configure the Installation and Patch Repository directory > Click Next



















Click on Install to proceed with the Installation



















Wait for the installation to be completed



















Click Finish



















Now you are done with installation and integration of update manager with vCenter server appliance

Stage-2/Steps:  Enabling Update Manger client plugin for vSphere web client

Login to vSphere Web Client console > Go to Client Plug-ins > Click on Check for New plug-ins > VMware vSphere Update Manager plug-in will be installed












To be able to see the VMware vSphere Update Manager in vSphere Web Client you must have the View Compliance Status privilege.

Log off from the vSphere Web client console and login again > Go to admin Home page > you will be able to see Update Manager icon under monitoring section of the home page.














Steps: Enabling Update Manger client plugin for vSphere traditional client
                                
Login to vSphere traditional client > Go to Plug-ins menu > Click on Manage Plug-ins
















See for the Available Plug-ins > Select VMware vSphere Update Manager > Click on Download and Install hyperlink













Click on OK when prompted










Click on Next



















Click on I accept the terms in the license agreement > Click Next



















Click on Install




















Click on Finish



















It’s all done now.

Cheers, please write me back if you have any query or feedback.

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