VMware Update Manager tip: some useful commands to know

If still running ESXi 4/5 and using VUM handy commands I’ve use on my travels

Run the following commands to change the URL addresses of the hosts and virtual appliances:

  • To add a URL address for patch download and notifications for ESX/ESXi 4 or ESXi 5 hosts, run the following command:
    vmware-umds -S --add-url https://host_URL/index.xml --url-type HOST
  • To add a URL address for virtual appliance upgrades, download and run the following :
    vmware-umds -S --add-url https://va_URL/index.xml --url-type VA

To change the UMDS repository location:

  • vmware-umds -S --patch-store new_patch_folder

 

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