You can configure Update Manager to use a shared repository as a source for downloading virtual appliance upgrades, as well as ESXi patches, extensions, and notifications.

Before you begin

Required privileges: VMware vSphere Update Manager > Configure

You must create the shared repository using UMDS and host it on a Web server or a local disk. The UMDS version you use must be of a version compatible with your Update Manager installation.

For more information about the compatibility, see Compatibility Between UMDS and the Update Manager Server. You can find the detailed procedure about exporting the upgrades, patch binaries, patch metadata, and notifications in Export the Downloaded Data.

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 Setings.

    2. Click Edit.

    vSphere Client

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

  3. In the Download Sources pane, select Use a shared repository.
  4. Enter the path or the URL to the shared repository.

    For example, C:\repository_path\, https://repository_path/, or http://repository_path/

    In these examples, repository_path is the path to the folder to which you have exported the downloaded upgrades, patches, extensions, and notifications. In an environment where the Update Manager server does not have direct access to the Internet, but is connected to a machine that has Internet access, the folder can be on a Web server.

    You can specify an HTTP or HTTPS address, or a location on the disk on which Update Manager is installed. HTTPS addresses are supported without any authentication.

    Important:

    You cannot use folders located on a network drive as a shared repository. Update Manager does not download updates from folders on a network share either in the Microsoft Windows Uniform Naming Convention form (such as \\Computer_Name_or_Computer_IP\Shared), or on a mapped network drive (for example, Z:\).

  5. If you use the vSphere Client, click Validate URL to validate the path.

    The vSphere Web Client performs the validation automatically when you click OK on the Edit Download Sources dialog.

    Important:

    If the updates in the folder you specify are downloaded with a UMDS version that is not compatible with the Update Manager version you use, the validation fails and you receive an error message.

    You must make sure that the validation is successful. If the validation fails, Update Manager reports a reason for the failure. You can use the path to the shared repository only when the validation is successful.

  6. Click Apply.
  7. Click Download Now to run the VMware vSphere Update Manager Update Download task and to download the updates immediately.

Results

The shared repository is used as a source for downloading upgrades, patches, and notifications.

Using a Folder or a Server as a Shared Repository

You can use a folder or a Web server as a shared repository.

  • When you use a folder as a shared repository, repository_path is the top-level directory where patches and notifications exported from UMDS are stored.

    For example, export the patches and notifications using UMDS to F:\, which is a drive mapped to a plugged-in USB device on the machine on which UMDS is installed. Then, plug in the USB device to the machine on which Update Manager is installed. On this machine the device is mapped as E:\. The folder to configure as a shared repository in the Update Manager is E:\.

  • When you use a Web server as a shared repository, repository_path is the top-level directory on the Web server where patches exported from UMDS are stored.

    For example, export the patches and notifications from UMDS to C:\docroot\exportdata. If the folder is configured on a Web server and is accessible from other machines at the URL https://umds_host_name/exportdata, the URL to configure as a shared repository in Update Manager is https://umds_host_name/exportdata.