If you use the Internet as a download source for updates, you can add a third-party URL address to download patches and extensions for hosts that are running ESXi 6.0 and later.


Required privileges: VMware vSphere Update Manager.Configure


  1. In the vSphere Client, select Menu > Update Manager.
  2. Navigate to Menu > Update Manager.
  3. Click the Settings tab.
  4. Select Administration Settings > Patch Setup.
  5. Click New.
    The New Download Source dialog box opens.
  6. Enter the URL address of the new download source.
    Update Manager supports both HTTP and HTTPS URL addresses. Use HTTPS URL addresses to download data securely. The URL addresses that you add must be complete and contain the index.xml file, which lists the vendor and the vendor index.
  7. (Optional) Type a short description for the URL.
  8. Click Save.
  9. (Optional) Configure the proxy settings from the Proxy Settings pane.
    The proxy settings for Update Manager are also applicable to third-party URL addresses.


The location is added to the list of Internet download sources.

What to do next

To download all updates immediately, select Administration Settings > Patch Downloads and click Download Now.