If you use the Internet as a download source for updates, you can add a third-party URL address to download virtual appliance upgrades, as well as patches and extensions for hosts that are running ESXi 5.x and later.


Required privileges: VMware vSphere Update Manager.Configure


  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 Direct connection to Internet.
  4. Click Add Download Source.
  5. In the Add Download Source window, type the new download source URL.
    Update Manager supports both HTTP and HTTPS URL addresses. You should specify HTTPS URL addresses, so that the data is downloaded securely. The URL addresses that you add must be complete and contain the index.xml file, which lists the vendor and the vendor index.
    Note: The proxy settings for Update Manager are applicable to third-party URL addresses too. You can configure the proxy settings from the Proxy Settings pane.
  6. (Optional) Type a URL description.
  7. If you use the vSphere Client, click Validate URL to verify that the URL is accessible.
    The vSphere Web Client performs the validation when you click OK.
  8. Click OK.
  9. Click Apply.
  10. Click Download Now to run the VMware vSphere Update Manager Update Download task.
    All notifications and updates are downloaded immediately even if the Enable scheduled download checkbox is not selected in Configuration > Notification Check Schedule or Configuration > Download Schedule, respectively.


The location is added to the list of Internet download sources.