You can configure the vSphere Web Client to scan virtual machines and ESXi hosts at specific times or at intervals that are convenient for you.


  1. Connect the vSphere Web Client to a vCenter Server system with which Update Manager is registered, and select an object from the inventory.
    If your vCenter Server system is connected to other vCenter Server systems by a common vCenter Single Sign-On domain, specify the Update Manager instance that you want to use to schedule a scan task by selecting the name of the corresponding vCenter Server system in the navigation bar.
  2. In the inventory tree, select the inventory object to be scanned.
    All child objects of the object that you select are also scanned.
  3. Select the Monitor tab, and click Task & Events.
  4. Select Scheduled Tasks, and click Schedule a New Task.
  5. Select Scan for Updates from the drop-down list that appears.
    The Scan for Updates wizard opens.
  6. On the Edit Settings page, select the types of updates to scan the inventory object for.
    You must select at least one scan type.
  7. On the Scheduling options page, describe and schedule the scan task.
    1. Enter a unique name, and optionally, a description for the scan task.
    2. Click Change to set the frequency and the start time for the scan task.
    3. (Optional) Specify one or more email addresses to receive notification after the scan task is complete.
      You must configure mail settings for the vCenter Server system to enable this option.
  8. Click OK.


The scan task is listed in the Scheduled Tasks view of the vSphere Web Client.