You can configure UMDS to connect to the Web sites of third-party vendors to download ESXi 5.5, ESXi 6.0, and ESXi 6.5 host patches and notifications.


  1. Log in to the machine where UMDS is installed, and open a Command Prompt window.
  2. Navigate to the directory where UMDS is installed.
    • The default location in 64-bit Windows is C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\Infrastructure\Update Manager.

    • The default location in 64-bit Linux is /usr/local/vmware-umds.

  3. Configure UMDS to download data from the new URL address.
    • To add a new URL address for downloading patches and notifications for ESXi 5.5, ESXi 6.0, or ESXi 6.5 hosts, run the following command:

      vmware-umds -S --add-url https://host_URL/index.xml --url-type HOST
  4. (Optional) : Remove a URL address, so that UMDS will not download data from it anymore.

    Downloaded data is retained and can be exported.

    • Use the following command if you are using UMDS on a Windows machine.

      vmware-umds.exe -S --remove-url https://URL_to_remove/index.xml
    • Use the following command if you are using UMDS on a Linux machine.

      vmware-umds -S --remove-url https://URL_to_remove/index.xml


UMDS is configured to download host patches and notifications from specific URL addresses.

What to do next

Download the patches and notifications using UMDS.