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.


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Fully Qualified Domain Name

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Region A





  1. In a Web browser, log in to vCenter Server by using the vSphere Client.
    Setting Value
    URL https://sfo01m01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local/ui
    User name administrator@vsphere.local
    Password vsphere_admin_password
  2. Take a snapshot of the UMDS virtual machine in Region A.
    1. In the VMs and templates inventory, expand the sfo01m01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local tree and expand the sfo01-m01dc data center.
    2. Expand the sfo01-m01fd-mgmt folder.
    3. Right-click the sfo01umds01 virtual machine and select Snapshots > Take Snapshot.
    4. In the Take VM Snapshot dialog box, enter the following settings, and click OK.




      VMware Validated Design 5.1.1 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 disk drive of the sfo01umds01 virtual machine.
    1. Click the sfo01umds01 virtual machine and click Launch Remote Console.
    2. In the Launch Remote Console dialog box, select Yes.
    3. In the VMware Remote Console, click VMRC and select Removable Devices > CD/DVD drive 1 > Connect to Disk Image File (iso)....
    4. In the Choose Image dialog box, navigate to the location of your downloaded VMware-VCSA-all-6.7.x-build_number.iso file and click Open.
  4. Log in to the UMDS virtual machine by using a Secure Shell (SSH) client.
    Setting Value
    FQDN sfo01umds01.sfo01.rainpole.local
    User name svc-umds
    Password svc-umds_password
  5. Uninstall the current version of vSphere Update Manager Download Service.
    1. Run the command to uninstall UMDS.
      sudo /usr/local/vmware-umds/
    2. On the prompt, enter umds_root_password.
    3. 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. Run the command to unarchive the VMware-UMDS-6.7.x-build_number.tar.gz file.
      sudo 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.
    1. Run the download command for downloading updates.
      sudo /usr/local/vmware-umds/bin/vmware-umds -D
    2. 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 for downloading patches again.
  9. Disconnect the .iso file from the UMDS virtual machine.