Friday, 3 August 2012

Installing VMware Update Manager 5

Installing VMware Update Manager 5

In this tutorial I will guide you through installing VMware Update Manager 5. The VMware Update Manager is included on the vCenter 5 DVD. If this is a brand new installation of VMware Update Manager you will need to create a DSN to connect through to your database server.

If you don't want to create a DSN, then you will have to install the SQL Server that comes bundled with the VMware vCenter 5 DVD (that's how I have done it in this tutorial)

According to VMware’s documentation, the hardware requirements to use VUM are:
  • Processor: Intel or AMD x86 processor with two or more logical cores, each with a speed of 2GHz
  • Network: 10/100 Mbps -- For best performance, use a Gigabit connection between Update Manager and ESX hosts.
  • Memory:
    • 2GB RAM if Update Manager and the vCenter Server are on different machines
    • 4GB RAM if Update Manager and the vCenter Server are on the same machine
  • Disk Sizing varies based on the number of hosts and VMs you have in your virtual infrastructure.
You can run update manager on just about any of the Windows Server 2008 operating systems but the 64-bit version with the latest service pack is recommended.  However, VUM 5 can even run on Windows 2003, 64-bit, with SP2.

The full list of databases supported can be found on the VUM 5 release notes.

  • You must use a 32-bit DSN for VMware Update Manager.
  • VMware Update Manager 5.0 still requires a 32-bit driver for your DSN connection, as VMware Update Manager 5.0 is still a 32-bit application. However, it must be run on a 64-bit operating system.
Launch the DVD or mount the ISO on your VMware vCenter Server.

 Select VMware vSphere Update Manager and click Install. Select your language and click Ok.

The VMware Update Manager installation wizard begins. Click Next.

Click Next at the End-User Patent Agreement.

Accept the license agreement and click Next.

If you don't want to download updates straight away after installation then don't check the checkbox, click Next.

Enter in the information to connect through to your vcenter server. The username should have full access to your vcenter server. Click Next.

If you have already created a 32-BIT DSN, then select the Data Source DSN that you created for VMware Update Manager. In this case, I am simply installing a new Database instance. Click Next.

Select your vcenter server and check that your ports are correct and not conflicting. Click Next.

Here are the default installation paths for VMware Update Manager. Make sure you have enough space (APPROX 120 GB) for the patches location and think about selecting a location other than c: for this Click Next.

 NOTE: If you don't have enough space on your HDD, then this warning may appear as shown

 Click Install.

Once installation has finished click Finish.

Log in to your vCenter server and click on the Plug-ins menu and manage plug-ins.

You will be able to see under Available Plug-ins the VMware vSphere Update Manager 5.0.0. Click on the Download and Install link for VMware Update Manager, just under available plug-ins

Run the Installer

Select the Language and click OK

 Click Next to begin

Accept the Terms in License Agreement and click Next

Click Install

Once the installation completes, click Finish

The status of the plugin now changes to Enabled as shown below

A certificate warning will appear, select Install this certificate…. and click Ignore.

The Update Manager Icon will appear as shown

 Click on Admin View at the top right hand side and have a look around.

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