The Update Manager server has two client interfaces, one for the vSphere Web Client, and one for the vSphere Client,

The Update Manager Client interface for the vSphere Client has a separate installer that is accessible under Plug-ins > Manage Plug-ins in the vSphere Client.

The Update Manager Web Client is automatically enabled in the vSphere Web Client after you install the Update Manager server component. The Update Manager Web Client appears as an Update Manager tab under the Monitor tab in vSphere Web Client.

To be able to see the Update Manager Web Client in vSphere Web Client you must have the View Compliance Status privilege.

Both client interfaces have two main views, Administration view and Compliance view.

To access the Administration view for the Update Manager Web Client, navigate to Home > Update Manager and select the IP Address of the Update Manager instance you want to use.

To access the Administration view for the Update Manager Client, you can use the Update Manager icon under Solutions and Applications in the vSphere Client Home page or click Admin view from the Update Manager tab.

In the Update Manager Client Administration view, you can do the following tasks:

  • Configure the Update Manager settings

  • Create and manage baselines and baseline groups

  • View Update Manager events

  • Review the patch repository and available virtual appliance upgrades

  • Review and check notifications

  • Import ESXi images

To view Compliance view information for a selected inventory object with the Update Manager Web Client, select Hosts and Clusters or VMs and Templates inventory view of the vSphere Web Client, click the Manage tab, and click the Update Manager tab.

To view Compliance view information for a selected inventory object with the Update Manager Client, click the Update Manager tab in the Hosts and Clusters or VMs and Templates inventory view of the vSphere Client.

In the Update Manager Client Compliance view, you can do the following tasks:

  • View compliance and scan results for each selected inventory object

  • Attach and detach baselines and baseline groups from a selected inventory object

  • Scan a selected inventory object

  • Stage patches or extensions to hosts

  • Remediate a selected inventory object

If your vCenter Server system is connected to other vCenter Server systems by a common vCenter Single Sign-On domain, and you have installed and registered more than one Update Manager instance, you can configure the settings for each Update Manager instance. Configuration properties that you modify are applied only to the Update Manager instance that you specify and are not propagated to the other instances in the group. You can specify an Update Manager instance by selecting the name of the vCenter Server system with which the Update Manager instance is registered from the navigation bar.

For a vCenter Server system that is connected to other vCenter Server systems by a common vCenter Single Sign-On domain, you can also manage baselines and baseline groups as well as scan and remediate only the inventory objects managed by the vCenter Server system with which Update Manager is registered.