Instead of using a shared repository or the Internet as a download source for patches and extensions, you can import patches and extensions manually by using an offline bundle.

You can import offline bundles only for hosts that are running ESXi 5.5 or later.


  • The patches and extensions you import must be in ZIP format.

  • Required privileges: VMware vSphere Update Manager.Upload File.Upload File.


  1. In the Home view of the vSphere Web Client, select the Update Manager icon.
  2. On the Updates tab, click Upload from file
    The Import Patches dialog box opens.
  3. Click the Browse button and select the .zip file containing the patches you want to import.
  4. Click the Import button and wait until the file upload completes successfully.
    In case of upload failure, check whether the structure of the .zip file is correct, or whether the Update Manager network settings are set up correctly.


You imported the patches into the Update Manager patch repository. You can view the imported patches on the Update Manager Patch Repository tab.