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VMware vSphere Update Manager 6.0 Update 3g Release Notes

VMware vSphere Update Manager 6.0 Update 3g | 26 JUL 2018 | Build 9097966

VMware vCenter Server 6.0 Update 3g | 26 JUL 2018 | Build 9146214

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What's in the Release Notes

These release notes cover the following topics:

The Update Manager release notes provide information about VMware vSphere Update Manager, an optional module for VMware vCenter Server. For more information about VMware vSphere Update Manager, see the Installing and Administering VMware vSphere Update Manager documentation.

What's New

  • Some of the open source components that are embedded in Update Manager, which are updated in this release include:
    • The Oracle (Sun) JRE package is updated to 1.8.0_171.
    • External database support: vSphere Update Manager 6.0 Update 3g supports the Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 2, SQL Server 2016 and SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 4.

Hardware Requirements and Sizing Estimator

Minimum hardware requirements for Update Manager vary depending on how Update Manager is deployed.

Hardware Requirements

If the database is installed on the same machine as Update Manager, requirements for memory size and processor speed are higher. The minimum requirements to ensure acceptable performance are as follows:

  • Processor: Intel or AMD x86 processor with two or more logical cores, each with a speed of 2 GHz.

  • Network: 10/100 Mbps
    For best performance, use a Gigabit connection between Update Manager and ESXi hosts.
  • Memory:
    • 2 GB RAM if Update Manager and the vCenter Server are on different machines.
    • 8 GB RAM if Update Manager and the vCenter Server are on the same machine.

Sizing Estimator

For more information about the disk storage requirements, see the VMware vSphere Update Manager Sizing Estimator. The sizing estimator calculates the size of the Update Manager database and patch store. The estimate is calculated from the information that you enter about your deployment, such as the number of the hosts and virtual machines. The sizing estimator also provides recommendations for the Update Manager database and server deployment models.

Installation Notes

This section includes information about the installation of Update Manager and Update Manager Download Service, an optional module of vSphere Update Manager.

Update Manager

Installation of VMware vSphere Update Manager requires network connectivity with an existing vCenter Server system. Each installation of vSphere Update Manager must be associated with a single vCenter Server instance.

The Update Manager module consists of a server component and client component. The Update Manager server can be installed on the same system as vCenter Server or on a different system.

The Update Manager provides two client components:

  • Update Manager Client, which is a plug-in interface to a VMware vSphere Client instance.
  • Update Manager Web Client, which is a plug-in interface to a VMware vSphere Web Client instance.

Before you install Update Manager, you must install vCenter Server. For database compatibility information, see Databases that Support Installation of the Update Manager Server.

The Update Manager 6.0 server can be installed only on 64-bit Windows operating systems.

Update Manager Web Client

Update Manager Web Client is a plug-in to the vSphere Web Client. The Update Manager Client provides you with the full set of capabilities you need to perform patch and version management for your vSphere inventory.

After you install the Update Manager server component, the Update Manager Web Client plug-in is automatically enabled on vSphere Web Client. The Update Manager Web Client plug-in appears as an Update Manager tab under the Manage tab in the vSphere Web Client.
The administration interface is available in Manage tab under Update Manager.

Update Manager Download Service

vSphere Update Manager Download Service (UMDS) is an optional module of Update Manager that you can use to download patch definitions. Install UMDS in case your deployment system is secured and the machine on which Update Manager is installed has no access to the Internet.

UMDS can be installed only on 64-bit Windows operating systems.

You must not install the UMDS on the same machine where the Update Manager server is installed.

To use UMDS, the download service must be of a version that is compatible with the Update Manager server. For more information about the compatibility between Update Manager and the UMDS, see the Installing and Administering VMware vSphere Update Manager documentation

Installing UMDS 6.0 in an Environment with Update Manager 6.0 Update 3g Instances Only

In the UMDS 6.0 installation wizard, you can select the patch store to be an existing download directory from an earlier UMDS 5.x installation and reuse the applicable downloaded updates in UMDS 6.0. You should uninstall existing UMDS 5.x instances before reusing the patch store. After you associate an existing download directory with UMDS 6.0, you cannot use it with earlier UMDS versions.
If you install UMDS and associate it with an existing download directory, make sure that you perform at least one download by using UMDS 6.0 before you export updates.

Installing UMDS 6.0 in an Environment with both Update Manager 6.x and Update Manager 6.0 Update 3g Instances

Do not install and associate UMDS 6.0 with an existing UMDS 6.x download directory if your environment contains both Update Manager 6.x and Update Manager 6.0 instances. In such a case, you need a UMDS 6.x and a UMDS 6.0 installation on two separate machines, so that you can export updates for each respective Update Manager versions.

Update Manager Utility

When you install Update Manager or UMDS, vSphere Update Manager Utility is silently installed on your system as an additional component.

The Update Manager Utility allows you to change the database password and proxy authentication, re-register Update Manager with vCenter Server, and replace the SSL certificates for Update Manager. For more information about reconfiguring the Update Manager settings by using the utility, see the Reconfiguring VMware vSphere Update Manager documentation.

Upgrade Notes

This release allows upgrades from Update Manager versions 5.x and their respective update releases that are installed on a 64-bit operating system. Direct upgrades from Update Manager 4.x and earlier, and Update Manager systems that are installed on a 32-bit platform are not supported. You must use the data migration tool that is provided with Update Manager 5.0 installation media to move your Update Manager system from 32-bit operating system to Update Manager 5.0 on a 64-bit operating system, and then perform an in-place upgrade from version 5.0 to version 6.0. For detailed information how to use the data migration tool, see the Installing and Administering VMware vSphere Update Manager documentation for Update Manager 5.0.

Before you upgrade Update Manager, you must upgrade vCenter Server and the vSphere Client to a compatible version.

Upgrade from UMDS 5.x to UMDS 6.0 Update 3g is not supported.

Interoperability and Software Requirements

The VMware Product Interoperability Matrix provides details about the compatibility of current and previous versions of vSphere Update Manager with other VMware vSphere components, including ESXi, VMware vCenter Server, the vSphere Client, and the vSphere Web Client. In addition, check this site for information about supported management and backup agents before installing ESXi or vCenter Server.

Operating Systems that Support Installation of the Update Manager Server and UMDS

To see a list of operating systems on which you can install the Update Manager server and the UMDS, see Supported host operating systems for VMware vCenter Server installation. The supported host operating systems for vCenter Server installation listed in the article also apply for installation of the respective versions of the Update Manager server and the UMDS.

Databases that Support Installation of the Update Manager Server and UMDS

The Solution/Database Interoperability option from the VMware Product Interoperability Matrix provides information about the databases that are compatible with Update Manager server and UMDS.

Operations with vSphere Inventory Objects that Update Manager supports

  • Host patching of the following host version:
    • ESXi 5.x
    • ESXi 6.x
  • Host upgrades of ESXi 5.x and their respective update releases to ESXi 6.x
  • Upgrades of VMware Tools and virtual hardware for virtual machines
  • Upgrades of virtual appliances

Supported Operating Systems for Upgrade of VMware Tools and Virtual Hardware

The following is the list of Operating Systems supported for Upgrade of VMware Tools and Virtual Hardware:

  • Windows Server 2012 [Standard/Datacenter] 64-bit
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 [Standard/Enterprise/Datacenter] 64-bit
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Update 1 [Standard/Enterprise/Datacenter] 64-bit
  • Windows 10 RTM
  • Windows 8.1 Update 1 [Professional/Enterprise] 32-bit
  • Windows 8.1 Update 1 [Professional/Enterprise] 64-bit
  • Windows 8.1 [Professional/Enterprise] 32-bit
  • Windows 8.1 [Professional/Enterprise] 64-bit
  • Windows 8 [Professional/Enterprise] 32-bit
  • Windows 8 [Professional/Enterprise] 64-bit
  • Windows 7 [Professional/Enterprise] 32-bit
  • Windows 7 [Professional/Enterprise] 64-bit
  • Windows 7 [Professional/Enterprise] 32-bit SP1
  • Windows 7 [Professional/Enterprise] 64-bit SP1
  • Windows XP Professional 32-bit (SP3 required)
  • Windows XP Professional 64-bit (SP2 required)
  • Windows 2000 [Professional/Server/Advanced Server/Datacenter Server] 32-bit
  • Windows 2000 [Professional/Server/Advanced Server/Datacenter Server] 64-bit
  • Windows 10
  • Windows Server 2003 [Standard/Enterprise/Datacenter] 32-bit (SP2 required)
  • Windows Server 2003 [Standard/Enterprise/Datacenter] 64-bit (SP2 required)
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 [Standard/Enterprise/Datacenter] 32-bit (SP2 required)
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 [Standard/Enterprise/Datacenter] 64-bit (SP2 required)
  • Windows Vista [Business/Enterprise] 32-bit (SP2 required)
  • Windows Vista [Business/Enterprise] 64-bit (SP2 required)
  • Windows Server 2008 [Standard/Enterprise/Datacenter] 32-bit
  • Windows Server 2008 [Standard/Enterprise/Datacenter] 64-bit
  • Windows Server 2008 [Standard/Enterprise/Datacenter] 32-bit SP2
  • Windows Server 2008 [Standard/Enterprise/Datacenter] 64-bit SP2
  • Windows Server 2008 [Standard/Enterprise/Datacenter] 64-bit R2
  • Windows Server 2008 [Standard/Enterprise/Datacenter] 64-bit R2 Service Pack 1
  • Windows Server 2016 [Standard/Essentials/Datacenter] 64-bit
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.10
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5
  • CentOS 4
  • CentOS 5
  • CentOS 5.10
  • CentOS 6
  • CentOS 6.5
  • CentOS 6.8
  • CentOS 7.3
  • Debian 4
  • Debian 5
  • Debian 6
  • Debian 8
  • Debian 8.1
  • Ubuntu 7.x
  • Ubuntu 8.x
  • Ubuntu 9.x
  • Ubuntu 10.x
  • Ubuntu 11.x
  • Ubuntu 13.10
  • Ubuntu 14.04
  • Ubuntu non LTS 15.04
  • Ubuntu LTS 16.04.1
  • Ubuntu 16.04.4
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 3
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 4
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 2
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux UEK3 Update 5
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 4
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 5
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.1
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 6
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.5
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.7
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.8
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 7.0
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 7.3
  • Asianux 3
  • Asianux 4

Known Issues From Earlier Releases

To view a list of previous known issues, click here.