If your Update Manager database becomes corrupt you can reinitialize it. This requires less time than uninstalling and installing the database again.

For example, the Update Manager database might become corrupt from an import of incorrect metadata. To use the Update Manager database you can uninstall and then install it again. This erases the entire existing Update Manager database, which is time consuming task. You can save time and achieve the same result if you apply the following procedure to reinitialize the database. Reinitializing the database erases the entire existing Update Manager database, and all patches that you or other users imported to Update Manager. After you reinitialize the database, you can download the patches you need from the default Update Manager depots.


Verify that you have an account with vCenter Server administrator privileges.


  1. Navigate to the Update Manager installation directory.
    The default location is the following:
    C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\Infrastructure\Update Manager\
  2. Double click the VMwareUpdateManagerUtility.exe file.
  3. Log in to the Update Manager Utility with an account that has administrator privileges on vCenter Server.
  4. Click Database Settings.
  5. Select the Re-Initialize Database check box, and click Apply.
  6. Close the VMware vCenter Update Manager Utility.
  7. Restart the VMware vCenter Update Manager service.


Update Manager deletes all old data from the database and is ready to store new data.