Staging allows you to download patches and extensions from the Update Manager server to the ESXi hosts without applying the patches and extensions immediately.


Staging can be performed only for hosts, clusters, and data centers.

Verify that you are connected to a vCenter Server system.


Retrieve a host and store it in the $host variable.

$host = Get-VMHost -Name

Stage the patches for upgrading the host.

Stage-Patch -Entity $host