When you install the Update Manager server, the Update Manager Utility is installed on your system as an additional component.

About this task

The Update Manager installation requires a connection to a single vCenter Server instance. You can install Update Manager on the same computer on which vCenter Server is installed or on a different computer.


  • Verify that your system meets the installation requirements listed in Installing and Administering VMware vSphere Update Manager.

  • Before installation, create and set up an Update Manager database and 64-bit DSN, unless you are using the bundled SQL Server 2012 Express. For more information about setting up the Update Manager database, see Installing and Administering VMware vSphere Update Manager.

  • Make sure that you create the ODBC connection to a supported database server version by using a supported database client version.

    If you create an ODBC connection to a database server that is of an unsupported version, and your database client is of a supported version, a DSN for the unsupported database might be displayed in the drop-down menu of the Update Manager installation wizard.

  • Ensure that the database privileges meet the requirements listed in Installing and Administering VMware vSphere Update Manager.

  • Before installing Update Manager, install vCenter Server. If prompted, restart the machine on which vCenter Server is installed. Otherwise, you might not be able to register Update Manager with vCenter Server, and the Update Manager installation might fail. For more information about installing vCenter Server, see vSphere Installation and Setup.

  • If you plan to use the bundled Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express database, make sure that you install Microsoft Windows Installer version 4.5 (MSI 4.5) on your system. You can download MSI 4.5 from the Microsoft Web site.


  1. In the software installer directory, double-click the autorun.exe file and select vSphere Update Manager > Server.

    If you cannot run autorun.exe, browse to the UpdateManager folder and run VMware-UpdateManager.exe.

  2. (Optional) Select the option to Use Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express as the embedded database, and click Install.

    Skip this step only if you plan to use another supported Oracle or SQL Server database.

    If the Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express is not present on your system from previous Update Manager installations, the installation wizard for the Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express opens.

  3. Click Install.
  4. Select a language for the installer and click OK.
  5. Review the Welcome page and click Next.
  6. Read and accept the license agreement, and click Next.
  7. Accept the terms in the license agreement and click Next.
  8. Review the support information, select whether to download updates from the default download sources immediately after installation, and click Next.

    If you deselect Download updates from default sources immediately after installation, Update Manager downloads updates once daily according to the default download schedule or immediately after you click the Download Now button on the Download Settings page. You can modify the default download schedule after the installation is complete.

  9. Type the vCenter Server IP address or name, HTTP port, and the administrative account that the Update Manager server will use to connect to the vCenter Server system, and click Next.
  10. (Optional) Select the database, and click Next.

    If you selected to use the embedded Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express database, the installation wizard skips this page.

    1. Use an existing supported database, by selecting your database from the list of DSNs. If the DSN does not use Windows NT authentication, enter the user name and password for the DSN and click Next.

    The DSN must be a 32-bit DSN.

  11. (Optional) Select the database options.
    • If the system DSN you specify points to an existing Update Manager database with the current schema, you can either retain your existing database or replace it with an empty one.

    • If the system DSN you specify points to an existing Update Manager database with different schema, on the Database Upgrade page, select Yes, I want to upgrade my Update Manager database and I have taken a backup of the existing Update Manager database, and click Next.

  12. Specify how to identify your Update Manager instance on the network by selecting an IP address or host name from the drop-down menu.

    If the computer on which you install Update Manager has one NIC, the Update Manager installer automatically detects the IP address. If the computer has multiple NICs, select the correct IP address or use a DNS name. The DNS name must be resolved from all hosts that this Update Manager instance will manage.

  13. Specify the Update Manager port settings, select whether you want to configure the proxy settings, and click Next.
  14. Provide information about the proxy server and port and whether the proxy should be authenticated and click Next.
  15. Select the Update Manager installation and patch download directories and click Next.

    If you do not want to use the default locations, click Change to browse to a different directory.

  16. In the warning message about the disk free space, click OK.

    This message appears when you try to install Update Manager on a computer that has less than 120GB free space.

  17. Click Install to begin the installation.
  18. Click Finish.


You completed the installation of the Update Manager server and the Update Manager Utility.