If you use the Internet as a download source for updates, you can add a third-party URL address to download virtual appliance upgrades, as well as patches and extensions for hosts that are running ESX/ESXi 4.0 and later.


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. In the Download Sources pane, select Direct connection to Internet.
  3. Click Add Download Source.
  4. In the Add Download Source window, type the new download source URL.

    Update Manager supports both HTTP and HTTPS URL addresses. You should specify HTTPS URL addresses, so that the data is downloaded securely. The URL addresses that you add must be complete and contain the index.xml file, which lists the vendor and the vendor index.


    The proxy settings for Update Manager are applicable to third-party URL addresses too. You can configure the proxy settings from the Proxy Settings pane.

  5. (Optional) Type a URL description.
  6. Click Validate URL to verify that the URL is accessible.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Click Apply.
  9. Click Download Now to run the VMware vSphere Update Manager Update Download task.

    All notifications and updates are downloaded immediately even if the Enable scheduled download checkbox is not selected in Configuration > Notification Check Schedule or Configuration > Download Schedule, respectively.


The location is added to the list of Internet download sources.