vCenter Update Manager is for environments with vCenter Server. Using vCenter Update Manager, you can orchestrate steps of an upgrade process sequentially, based on compliance baselines at the host, virtual machine, and datastore level.

This procedure describes how to install vCenter Update Manager as an additional module (sometimes called a plug-in) on the same machine that hosts vCenter Server or on a remote machine.

Before you install vCenter Update Manager, download the software installer and install vCenter Server 4.1 on the local machine or on a machine that is reachable by the local machine.

vCenter Update Manager requires a supported database. The database requirements are the same as vCenter Server, except that DB2 is not supported. You can use a supported database that is configured to work with vCenter Update Manager, or you can install the Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express database that is bundled with vCenter Update Manager. vCenter Update Manager can use the same database as vCenter Server, but VMware recommends that you have separate databases for vCenter Server and vCenter Update Manager.


In the software installer directory, double-click the autorun.exe file at C:\<vc-installer location>\.


Click vCenter Update Manager.


Choose a language for the installer and click OK.


When the Welcome screen appears, click Next.


Review the End-User Patent Agreement and click Next.


Read the license agreement. If you agree to the terms, select I agree to the terms in the license agreement and click Next.


Enter the connection information for the vCenter Server system to which vCenter Update Manager will be an extension.


Enter the IP address. By default, the IP address is that of the local host.


Enter the port number that the vCenter Server system is configured to use for HTTP. By default, vCenter Server uses port 80.


Enter the user name and password for the vCenter Server system.


Choose the type of database that you want to use for vCenter Update Manager.

To use the bundled database, click Install a Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express instance and click Next.

This database is suitable for small deployments of up to 5 hosts and 50 virtual machines.

To use an existing database, click Use an existing supported database, select your database from the list of available DSNs, and click Next.


If you chose to use an existing database, enter the user name and password for the DSN and click Next.

If your database is a local SQL Server database using Microsoft Windows NT authentication, leave the user name and password fields blank.


Select the fully qualified domain name or IP address to identify this instance of vCenter Update Manager on the network.

Make sure that the fully qualified domain name is accessible by the vCenter Server system and by all the ESX/ESXi hosts managed by the vCenter Server system.


Enter the port numbers that you want to use or accept the default port numbers.


(Optional) Select Yes, I have an Internet connection, and I want to configure proxy settings now.


Click Next.


Enter the proxy server name and port number.

If the local machine has proxy settings configured, the installer uses these settings by default.


(Optional) Select Authenticate proxy using the credentials below, and enter the user name and password to use for authentication.


Accept the default installation location or click Change to select a different location.


Accept the default location for patch downloads or click Change to select a different location, and click Next.


Click Install to begin the installation.


Click Finish to complete the installation.

The vCenter Update Manager is installed.

Install the Update Manager client plug-in. See the vCenter Update Manager Administration Guide.