By default, UMDS downloads patch binaries, patch metadata, and notifications for hosts. You can specify which patch binaries and patch metadata to download with UMDS.


  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 Linux is /usr/local/vmware-umds.
  3. Specify the updates to download.
    • To set up a download of all ESXi host updates run the following command:
      vmware-umds -S --enable-host
    • To disable the download of host updates, run the following command:
      vmware-umds -S --disable-host

What to do next

Download the selected data.