Starting with Update Manager 5.1 Update 1, a new Update Manager Web Client plug-in for the vSphere Web Client is provided. If vSphere Web Client is the primary client that you use to manage your vSphere inventory, you can use the Update Manager Web Client to view scan results and compliance states for vSphere inventory objects, and later remediate them from the Update Manager Client plug-in in the vSphere Client.

Update Manager Web Client is enabled by default in the vSphere Web Client, after you install the Update Manager server component. The Update Manager Web Client appears as an Update Manager tab under the Monitor tab in vSphere Web Client.

To be able to see the Update Manager Web Client in vSphere Web Client you must have the View Compliance Status privilege.

By using Update Manager Web Client, you can perform the following tasks:

  • Attach and detach baselines and baseline groups from a selected inventory object

  • View compliance and scan results for each selected inventory object

  • Scan a selected inventory object

Operations such as creating baselines and baseline groups, importing ESXi images, staging, and remediation are available only from the Update Manager Client plug-in in the vSphere Client.

In Update Manager Web Client, you can initiate scans on a datacenters and datacenter folders.

Except from the Update Manager tab, compliance information for an inventory object is also available from the Summary tab of the vSphere Web Client, in the Update Manager Compliance portlet. You can initiate a scan from the summary page of an object, but for a detailed status of the scan operation, you have to go to the Update Manager tab.