Instead of using a shared repository or the Internet as a download source for patches and extensions, you can import patches and extensions manually by using an offline bundle.

Before you begin

The patches and extensions you import must be in ZIP format.

To import patches and extensions, you must have the Upload File privilege. For more information about managing users, groups, roles, and permissions, see vCenter Server and Host Management. For a list of Update Manager privileges and their descriptions, see Update Manager Privileges.

About this task

You can import offline bundles only for hosts that are running ESXi 5.x or later.

Procedure

  1. Use the vSphere Client or the vSphere Web Client to connect to a vCenter Server system with which Update Manager is registered.
  2. Depending on the client you use to connect to vCenter Server perform the following steps.

    Client

    Steps

    vSphere Web Client

    1. On the Manage tab, under Settings, click Download Settings.

    vSphere Client

    1. On the Configuration tab, under Settings, click Download Settings.

  3. Click Import Patches in the Download Sources pane.
  4. Depending on the client you use to connect to vCenter Server perform the following steps.

    Client

    Steps

    vSphere Web Client

    1. On the Import Patches page of the Import Patches wizard, browse to and select the .zip file containing the patches you want to import.

    2. Click Upload file and wait until the file upload completes successfully.

    vSphere Client

    1. On the Select Patches File page of the Import Patches wizard, browse to and select the .zip file containing the patches you want to import.

    2. Click Next and wait until the file upload completes successfully.

    In case of upload failure, check whether the structure of the .zip file is correct or whether the Update Manager network settings are set up correctly.

  5. Depending on the client you use to connect to vCenter Server perform the following steps.

    Client

    Steps

    vSphere Web Client

    1. On the Ready to complete page of the Import Patches wizard, review the patches that you have selected to import into the repository.

    vSphere Client

    1. On the Confirm Import page of the Import Patches wizard, review the patches that you have selected to import into the repository.

  6. Click Finish.

Results

You imported the patches into the Update Manager patch repository. You can view the imported patches on the Update Manager Patch Repository tab.