The Update Manager Client has two main views, Administration view and Compliance view.

To access the Administration view, you can use the Update Manager icon under Solutions and Applications in the vSphere Client Home page or click Admin view from the Update Manager tab. In the Update Manager Client Administration view, you can do the following tasks:

  • Configure the Update Manager settings

  • Create and manage baselines and baseline groups

  • View Update Manager events

  • Review the patch repository and available virtual appliance upgrades

  • Review and check notifications

  • Import ESXi images

To view Compliance view information for a selected inventory object, click the Update Manager tab in the Hosts and Clusters or VMs and Templates inventory view of the vSphere Client. In the Update Manager Client Compliance view, you can do the following tasks:

  • View compliance and scan results for each selected inventory object

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

  • Scan a selected inventory object

  • Stage patches or extensions to hosts

  • Remediate a selected inventory object

If your vCenter Server system is part of a connected group in vCenter Linked Mode, and you have installed and registered more than one Update Manager instance, you can configure the settings for each Update Manager instance. Configuration properties that you modify are applied only to the Update Manager instance that you specify and are not propagated to the other instances in the group. You can specify an Update Manager instance by selecting the name of the vCenter Server system with which the Update Manager instance is registered from the navigation bar.

For a vCenter Server system that is a part of a connected group in vCenter Linked Mode, you can also manage baselines and baseline groups as well as scan and remediate only the inventory objects managed by the vCenter Server system with which Update Manager is registered.