VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 1.3 – part 1

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In this post we will discuss VMware Deploy and Configure Update Manager Components

here are the objectives from the blueprint:

  • Deploy / Configure Update Manager components according to a deployment plan:
    • Configure VUM Update Manager download service
    • Configure a VUM shared repository
    • Configure VUM smart rebooting
    • Manually download updates to a VUM repository
    • Create and modify VUM baseline groups

Lab Setup:

Using VMware workstation:

  • Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…)
  • Microsoft Servers 2012R2 Installed with VMware Update Manager
  • Microsoft Servers 2012R2 installed with Update Manager Download services.

 Documents used:

  • VMware Installing and Administrating VMware Update Manager


for more information about VUM and UMDS please search on this site (from my VCP6 Study guide)


Configure VUM update manager Download service:

For this objective we will need to install two VM’s. the first VM will be installed with VUM and the second VM will be installed with UMDS. The installation process is very simple, you will need to get the VIMware-VIMSetpup-all iso image and start the install for VUM and Download services

So let’s start with configuring UMDS first (going to be all command line)


Open command line window, the default location in 64-bit Windows is C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\Infrastructure\Update Manager.

To set up a download of all ESXi host updates and all virtual appliance upgrades, run the  following command: vmware-umds -S –enable-host –enable-va


To set up a download of all ESXi host updates and disable the download of virtual appliance upgrades, run the following command: vmware-umds -S –enable-host –disable-va


you can also  set up a download of all virtual appliance upgrades and disable the download of host updates,run the following command: vmware-umds -S –disable-host –enable-va

To Change the patch repository directory by running the command: vmware-umds -S –patch-store your_new_patchstore_folder


To add a new URL address for downloading patches and notifications for ESXi 5.x or ESXi 6.0 hosts, run the following command: vmware-umds -S –add-url https://host_URL/index.xml –url-type HOST

To add a URL address for downloading virtual appliance upgrades, run the following command: vmware-umds -S –add-url https://virtual_appliance_URL/index.xml –url-type VA



To start the updates downloads: vmware-umds -D (That going to take a while)


To create the bundle to export: vmware-umds -E –export-store repository_path



Configure a VUM shared repository:

Copy the offline bundle that we exported from the last a step to the VUM server.

Now that we have a local copy of the repository we can point VUM to use it click on the Update Manager icon from the main screen (make sure you enable the plugin) >> VUM server >> Manage >> Download Settings >> Edit >> click on Use a shared repository and provide the URL to the UMDS server.



Configure VUM smart rebooting:

To enable Smart rebooting for vApps click on vApps Settings >> Edit >> Enable



Manually download updates to a VUM repository:


If you like to download updates manually you can run the command vmware-umds -D on the UMDS server


You can download manually by clicking the download now option or you can import a zip file contain the updates.



Create and modify VUM baseline groups

Please refer to my previous post regrading this objective


VCP6-DCV blueprint section 4:Upgrade a vSphere Deployment to 6.x – Objective 4.1 – Part 1




Thanks for reading



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