LCM polls the VMware depot to access update bundles. If you do not have internet connectivity in your Cloud Foundation system, you can use the Bundle Transfer utility to manually download the bundles from the depot on your local computer and then upload them to SDDC Manager. The utility identifies applicable bundles based on the current software versions in your environment based on a marker file generated on the SDDC Manager VM.


Ensure you have access to a Windows or Linux computer with internet connectivity for downloading the bundles. The computer must have Java 8 or later.


  1. Using SSH, log in to the SDDC Manager VM with the user name vcf and password you specified in the deployment parameter sheet.
  2. Change directories:
    cd /opt/vmware/vcf/lcm/lcm-tools/bin
  3. Generate a marker file:
    ./lcm-bundle-transfer-util --generateMarker
    The marker file ( markerFile) is a JSON file that contains information on the current software versions running on SDDC Manager. It also contains the bundles IDs for bundles that were downloaded before this file was generated. The markerFile.md5 contains the checksum for the markerFile.
    The output contains the directory where the marker file is generated.
  4. Copy the /opt/vmware/vcf/lcm/lcm-tools directory, and the markerFile and markerFile.md5 files from the location displayed in the output of step 3 to a computer with internet access.
    The /opt/vmware/vcf/lcm/lcm-tools directory includes the bundle transfer utility required for the next step.
  5. On the computer with internet access, run the following command.
    ./lcm-bundle-transfer-util -download
    			 -outputDirectory ${absolute-path-output-dir}
    			 -sku ${sku}
    			 -depotUser ${depotUser} 
    			 -markerFile ${absolute-path-markerFile}
    			 -markerMd5File ${absolute-path-markerFile.md5}
    absolute-path-output-dir Path to the directory where the bundle files are to be downloaded. This directory folder must have 777 permissions.

    If you do not specify the download directory, bundles are downloaded to the default directory with 777 permissions.

    sku Optional.

    SKU or Service Provider of the index file.

    depotUser User name for myVMware depot. You are prompted to enter the depot user password. If there are any special characters in the password, specify the password within single quotes.
    markerFile Absolute path to the marker file, as generated in the above step.

    If you do not specify the path to the marker file, all update bundles on the depot are downloaded.

    markerMd5File Absolute path to the marker MD5 checksum file, as generated in the above step.

    The utility generates a delta file (deltaFileDownloaded) in the download directory based on the software versions in the marker file and the update bundles available on the depot. The applicable bundles identified in the delta file are downloaded. Download progress for each bundle is displayed. Initially, only the SDDC Manager bundle will be available.

  6. Copy the update bundle directory from the external computer to the SDDC Manager VM.
    For example:
    scp -pr /root/vcf372tovcf38Bundle vcf@SDDC_MANAGER_IP:/nfs/vmware/vcf/nfs-mount/

    The scp command in the example above creates a directory named vcf372tovcf38Bundle in the /nfs/vmware/vcf/nfs-mount/ directory.

  7. In the SDDC Manager VM, change the ownership and permissions of the uploaded bundle.
    chmod -R 0777 /nfs/vmware/vcf/nfs-mount/vcf372tovcf38Bundle
  8. In the SDDC Manager VM, upload the bundle files to the internal LCM repository. You must upload the upgrade and install bundles.
    cd /opt/vmware/vcf/lcm/lcm-tools/bin
    ./lcm-bundle-transfer-util -upload -bundleDirectory ${absolute-path-output-dir}

    where absolute-path-output-dir is the directory where the bundle files have been be uploaded, or /nfs/vmware/vcf/nfs-mount/vcf372tovcf38Bundle as shown in the previous step.

    The utility uploads the bundles specified in the deltaFileDownloaded file. The console displays upload status for each bundle.

  9. Apply the SDDC Manager bundle to the management domain. See Apply the SDDC Manager Bundle.
  10. After the SDDC Manager bundle is successfully applied, repeat steps 3-8 to download the remaining upgrade bundles.