To start a simultaneous scan of hosts, virtual machines, and virtual appliances that are part of a datacenter or a datacenter folder from the vSphere inventory, you can initiate a scan against attached baselines and baseline groups from the Update Manager Web Client. If you are using vCenter Linked Mode, you can scan a vCenter instance.

About this task

After you import a VMware Studio created virtual appliance in the vSphere Web Client, power it on so that it is discovered as a virtual appliance.


  1. Start the vSphere Web Client, and log in to the vCenter Server system.
  2. In the vSphere Web Client object navigator, select a datacenter or a datacenter folder.
  3. Click the Monitor tab, and click Update Manager.
  4. Click Scan and select the types of updates to scan for.

    For the ESX/ESXi hosts in the datacenter, you can scan for Patches and Extensions and Upgrades.

    For virtual machines and virtual appliances in the datacenter, you can scan for Virtual appliance upgrades, VMware Tools upgrades, and VM Hardware upgrades.

  5. Click OK.


The selected inventory object and all child objects are scanned against the attached baselines, depending on the options that you selected. The larger the virtual infrastructure and the higher up in the object hierarchy you initiate the scan, the longer the scan takes.

What to do next

Stage and remediate the scanned inventory object in Update Manager Client plug-in for the vSphere Client.