Lifecycle Management (LCM) enables you to perform automated updates on Cloud Foundation components (SDDC Manager, HMS, and LCM) as well as VMware components (vCenter Server, ESXi, and NSX).
SDDC Manager is pre-configured to communicate with the VMware software repository. The high level update workflow is described below.
Receive notification of update availability.
Download update bundle.
Select update targets and schedule update.
Update is applied to the selected targets at the scheduled time.
Even though SDDC Manager may be available while the update is installed, it is recommended that you schedule the update at a time when it is not being heavily used.
This section describes generic patching and upgrading. For information on upgrading to a specific Cloud Foundation, see Upgrading Cloud Foundation to a Specific Release.