To scan virtual machines and virtual appliances in the vSphere inventory immediately, you can manually initiate a scan against attached baselines and baseline groups.


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


  1. Connect the vSphere Client to a vCenter Server system with which Update Manager is registered and select Home > Inventory > VMs and Templates in the navigation bar.
  2. Right-click a virtual machine, virtual appliance, a folder of virtual machines and appliances, or a datacenter, and select Scan for Updates.
  3. Select the types of updates to scan for.
    The options are Virtual Appliance upgrades, VM Hardware upgrades, and VMware Tools upgrades.
  4. Click Scan.


The virtual machines and appliances that you select are scanned against the attached baselines, depending on the options that you select. All child objects are also scanned. The larger the virtual infrastructure and the higher up in the object hierarchy that you initiate the scan, the longer the scan takes and the more accurate the compliance view is.