Instead of using a shared repository or the Internet as a download source for patches and extensions, you can import patches and extensions manually by using an offline bundle.

About this task

You can import offline bundles only for hosts that are running ESX/ESXi 4.0 or later.


The patches and extensions you import must be in ZIP format.

To import patches and extensions, you must have the Upload File privilege. For more information about managing users, groups, roles, and permissions, see vCenter Server and Host Management. For a list of Update Manager privileges and their descriptions, see Update Manager Privileges.

Connect the vSphere Client to a vCenter Server system with which Update Manager is registered, and on the Home page, click Update Manager under Solutions and Applications. If your vCenter Server system is part of a connected group in vCenter Linked Mode, you must specify the Update Manager instance to use, by selecting the name of the corresponding vCenter Server system in the navigation bar.


  1. On the Configuration tab, under Settings, click Download Settings.
  2. Click Import Patches at the bottom of the Download Sources pane.
  3. On the Select Patches File page of the Import Patches wizard, browse to and select the .zip file containing the patches you want to import.
  4. Click Next and wait until the file upload completes successfully.

    After a successful upload, the Confirm Import page appears.

    In case of upload failure, check whether the structure of the .zip file is correct or whether the Update Manager network settings are set up correctly.

  5. On the Confirm Import page of the Import Patches wizard, review the patches that you have selected to import into the Update Manager repository.
  6. Click Finish.


You imported the patches into the Update Manager patch repository. You can view the imported patches on the Update Manager Patch Repository tab.