You can configure the vSphere Client to scan virtual machines, virtual appliances, and ESXi hosts at specific times or at intervals that are convenient for you.


  1. Connect the vSphere Client to a vCenter Server system with which Update Manager is registered and select Home > Management > Scheduled Tasks.
    If your vCenter Server system is connected to other vCenter Server systems by a common vCenter Single Sign-On domain, specify the Update Manager instance that you want to use to schedule a scan task by selecting the name of the corresponding vCenter Server system in the navigation bar.
  2. Click New in the toolbar to open the Schedule Task dialog box.
  3. Select Scan for Updates and click OK.
  4. Select the type of vSphere infrastructure object to scan, and click Next.
  5. In the inventory tree, select the inventory object to be scanned and click Next.
    All child objects of the object that you select are also scanned.
  6. Select the types of updates to scan for and click Next.
  7. Enter a unique name, and optionally, a description for the scan.
  8. Set the frequency and the start time for the task and click Next.
  9. (Optional) Specify one or more email addresses to send the results to and click Next.
    You must configure mail settings for the vCenter Server system to enable this option.
  10. Review the Ready to Complete page and click Finish.


The scan task is listed in the Scheduled Tasks view of the vSphere Client.