VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 1.3 – part 2

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

here are the objectives from the blueprint that i am going to cover:

  • Perform VUM orchestrated vSphere upgrades

Lab Setup:

Using VMware workstation:

  • Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…)
  • Microsoft Servers 2012R2 Installed with VMware Update Manager
  • Vmware VCSA (update2)
  • Two ESXi host with (update1)

 Documents used:

  • VMware Installing and Administrating VMware Update Manager

The lab:


Perform VUM orchestrated vSphere upgrades:

For this objective I installed new lab in my VMware workstation and i will like to update both of my ESXi hosts to the latest version (update2)

I followed the procedure from vmware documents (link :


here is a summary of the procedure :

  • Configure hosts maintenance mode settings
  • Configure cluster settings
  • Enable remediation of PXE booted ESXi Hosts
  • Import Host upgrade images and create host baseline
  • Create host baseline group
  • Attached baseline group to objects
  • Manually initiate a Scan of the ESXi hosts
  • Review compliance
  • Remediate host against upgrade
  • Remediate host baseline group


so lets start , (we will not follow everything in the procedure because of out setup)

Configure hosts maintenance mode settings ,Cluster settings and Enabling remediation of PXE booted ESXi Hosts:

To configure hosts  maintenance mode settings, Click on  Update Manager icon >> Manage >> Settings >> Host and clusters settings >> Edit  ,here you can change the behavior of the ESXi host in maintenance mode.

Accoring to VMware documentation If you have VMware DPM, HA admission control, or Fault Tolerance enabled, you should temporarily disable these features to make sure that the remediation is successful.(This also can be troubleshooting resource)

if you use PXE booted host you can configure VUM to let other software initiate remediation ( this is not the case in this lab)


Import Host upgrade images and create host baseline:

Now we need to upload the new ESXi host image click on ESXi Images Tab >> Import ESXi Image icon >> Browse >> Import


once the image is uploaded we can create a baseline (Choose Host upgrade)




Create host baseline group:

You can combine one host upgrade baseline with multiple patch or extension baselines, or combine multiple patch and extension baselines in a baseline group.i am going to skip this step for this lab

Attached baseline group to objects:



Manually initiate a Scan of the ESXi hosts:


Review compliance and Remediate host against upgrade:

Review and remediate (follow the wizard)









the screen below show the results of the rescan and hosts new build


Thanks for reading



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