To use Update Manager, you must install the Update Manager Client plug-in, which is delivered as a plug-in for the vSphere Client.

You can install the Update Manager Client plug-in on both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems.

Install the Update Manager server.

Install Microsoft.NET Framework 3.5 SP1. You can download it from the vSphere installer.

1

Connect the vSphere Client to a vCenter Server system with which Update Manager is registered.

2

Select Plug-ins > Manage Plug-ins.

3

In the Plug-in Manager window, click Download and install for the VMware vSphere Update Manager extension.

4

Select a language for the installer and click OK.

5

Review the Welcome page and click Next.

6

Accept the terms in the license agreement and click Next.

7

Click Install.

8

Complete the Update Manager Client installation, and click Finish.

The status for the Update Manager extension is displayed as Enabled.

9

Click Ignore if a security warning appears.

The security warning appears when the vSphere client detects a certificate that is not added in the Trusted Root Certification Authorities store. This is usually the case with the self-signed certificate used by ESX/ESXi hosts by default. For highly secure environments, you must set up a trusted third-party certificate later.

10

Click Close to close the Plug-in Manager window.

The icon for the Update Manager plug-in is displayed on the vSphere Client Home page under Solutions and Applications.