By default UMDS downloads patch binaries, patch metadata, and notifications for hosts. Disable the download of patches for all ESXi versions but the version that is used in this validated design.


  1. Log in to the UMDS virtual machine by using a Secure Shell (SSH) client.
    1. Open an SSH connection to lax01umds01.lax01.rainpole.local.
    2. Log in using the following credentials.
      Setting Value
      User name svc-umds
      Password svc-umds_password
  2. Navigate to the directory where UMDS is installed.
    cd /usr/local/vmware-umds/bin
  3. Disable the updates for older hosts and virtual appliances.
    sudo ./vmware-umds -S -n
    sudo ./vmware-umds -S -d embeddedEsx-5.5.0
    sudo ./vmware-umds -S -d embeddedEsx-6.0.0
  4. Configure automatic daily downloads by creating a cron job file.
    cd /etc/cron.daily/
    sudo touch umds-download
    sudo chmod 755 umds-download
  5. Edit the download command of the cron job.
    sudo vi umds-download
  6. Add the following lines to the file.
    /usr/local/vmware-umds/bin/vmware-umds -D
    sudo chmod -R 755 /var/lib/vmware-umds
  7. Test the UMDS Download cron job.
    sudo ./umds-download