If the vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 in which Update Manager runs does not have access to the Internet, you can install UMDS on a Linux-based operating system to download patch binaries and metadata.


  • Verify you have administrative privileges on the Linux machine where you install the UMDS.
  • Install and configure a PostgreSQL database on the Linux machine.
  • Mount the ISO file of the vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 to the Linux machine.


  1. In the Linux machine, open the Command Shell.
  2. From the vCenter Server Appliance ISO that you mounted to the Linux machine, copy the VMware-UMDS-6.5.0.-build_number.tar.gz file to the Linux machine.
  3. Unarchive the VMware-UMDS-6.7.0.-build_number.tar.gz file by running tar -xvzf VMware-UMDS-6.7.0-build_number.tar.gz and navigate to the newly extracted directory /vmware-umds-distrib.
    For example, if you unarchived the VMware-UMDS-6.7.0.-build_number.tar.gz file, to a directory you created with the name umds, your navigation path is /umds/vmware-umds-distrib.
  4. Run the file UMDS installation script.
    The script has the following filename: vmware-install.pl.
  5. Read and accept the EULA.
  6. Select a directory where to install the UMDS.
  7. Enter the UMDS proxy settings.
    You can also change proxy configuration after you install UMDS by using the following command:
    vmware-umds -S --proxy <proxyAddress:port>
  8. Select a directory where to store the patches.
    Important: The patch store directory must be different from the UMDS installation directory.
  9. Select the database.
    1. Provide the database DSN.
    2. Provide the database user name.
    3. Provide the database password.
    The database is overridden with tables required by the Update Manager Download Service.


UMDS is installed.