If your deployment system is connected to the Internet, you can directly download ESXi patches and extensions.

Prerequisites

Required privileges: VMware vSphere Update Manager.Configure

Procedure

  1. Use the vSphere Client to log in to a vCenter Server Appliance.
    Note: In vSphere 6.7 and later, using the Update Manager functionality in the vSphere Client is only supported for Update Manager that runs in the vCenter Server Appliance.
  2. Navigate to Menu > Update Manager.
  3. Click the Settings tab.
  4. Select Administration Settings > Patch Setup.
  5. Click Change Download Source.
    The Change Download Source Type dialog box opens.
  6. Select the option Download patches directly from the Internet.
  7. Click Save.
  8. (Optional) Select an item from the Download Source list and click Enable or Disable depending on whether you want to download updates from that source.
    You can choose to download host patches and extensions. You cannot edit the download source location of the default ESXi patches and extensions. You can only enable or disable downloading.
  9. (Optional) Add a third-party download source for hosts that run ESXi 6.0 and later.

What to do next

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