After you upgrade the management vCenter Server instances in Region A and Region B, you upgrade the vSphere Update Manager Download Service (UMDS) to facilitate upgrading the ESXi hosts and VMware Tools remediation for all management virtual machines.

You cannot directly upgrade the vSphere Update Manager Download Service application on a Linux-based operating system. You must first uninstall the current UMDS instance, perform a fresh installation according to all system requirements, and use the existing patch store, configured on the operating system, for the newly installed UMDS instance.
Region Cluster Name Folder Name Fully Qualified Domain Name IP Address
Region A sfo01-m01-mgmt01 sfo01-m01fd-mgmt sfo01umds01.sfo01.rainpole.local


  1. Log in to vCenter Server by using the vSphere Web Client.
    1. Open a Web browser and go to https://sfo01m01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local/vsphere-client/.
    2. Log in by using the following credentials.
      Setting Value
      User name administrator@vsphere.local
      Password vsphere_admin_password
  2. Take a snapshot of the UMDS virtual machine in Region A.
    1. From the Home menu of the vSphere Web Client, click VMs and Templates.
    2. Expand the sfo01m01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local tree, double-click the sfo01-m01fd-mgmt data center, and expand the sfo01-m01fd-mgmt folder.
    3. Right-click sfo01umds01 and select Snapshots > Take Snapshot.
    4. In the Take VM Snapshot dialog box, enter the following settings, and click OK.




      VMware Validated Design 5.0 Virtual Infrastructure Layer Upgrade



      Snapshot the virtual machine's memory


      Quiesce guest file system (Needs VMware Tools installed)


  3. Mount the VMware-VCSA-all-6.7.x-build_number.iso file to the sfo01umds01 virtual machine's disk drive.
  4. Log in to the UMDS virtual machine by using a Secure Shell (SSH) client.
    1. Open an SSH connection to sfo01umds01.sfo01.rainpole.local.
    2. Log in using the following credentials.
      Setting Value
      User name svc-umds
      Password svc-umds_password
  5. Uninstall the current version of vSphere Update Manager Download Service.
    1. Uninstall UMDS by running the following command.
      sudo ./usr/local/vmware-umds/
    2. To confirm the uninstall, enter Yes.
  6. Prepare for running the installation script.
    1. Mount the vCenter Server Appliance ISO to the UMDS virtual machine.
      sudo mkdir -p /mnt/cdrom
      sudo mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom
    2. Unarchive the VMware-UMDS-6.7.x-build_number.tar.gz file:
      tar -xzvf /mnt/cdrom/umds/VMware-UMDS-6.7.x-build_number.tar.gz -C /tmp
  7. Install vSphere Update Manager Download Service.
    1. Run the UMDS installation script.
      sudo /tmp/vmware-umds-distrib/
    2. Read and accept the EULA.
    3. Press Enter to install UMDS in the default directory /usr/local/vmware-umds.
    4. Enter the UMDS proxy settings if needed according to the settings of your environment.
    5. To set the patch location to/var/lib/vmware-umds, press Enter.
  8. Verify that UMDS is able to download patches by running the following command.
    sudo /usr/local/vmware-umds/bin/vmware-umds -D
    Note: If you are unable to download patches due to compatibility issues, remove all files from the /var/lib/vmware-umds directory and run the command again.
  9. Disconnect the .iso file from the UMDS virtual machine.