Installing vCenter Update Manager

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Note: Make sure vCenter 4 Server and vSphere client is installed and successfully running before trying to install Update Manager


1. vCenter Update Manager is on the second DVD of the vSphere suite. Once you insert the DVD it should autostart and present you with the vCenter Installer screen. Click on vCenter Update Manager.

2. Select the language you wish to use. In this case we’ll be using English (United States). Click Ok.

3. The installation wizard begins. Click Next.

4. Select “I agree to the terms in the license agreement” and click Next.

5. Enter in the IP address, HTTP Port, username and password of the vCenter server. If your HTTP port is different than the default port 80, enter in the correct port. There is no need to enter the username in the format of domain\username, as it will automatically use the domain membership of the server. Click Next.

6. Update Manager requires a database to store update information. You can either install a new Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express instance, or use an existing supported database. Since we installed Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express in the tutorial “Installing vCenter 4“, we’ll select “Use an existing supported database” and select “VMware VirtualCenter (MS SQL) for the DSN name. Even though it uses the same instance a new database will be created. Click Next.

7. As we are using Windows Authentication for SQL we don’t need to enter anything at this screen. However if you are using SQL authentication, you can enter the username and password here: Click Next.

8. Select the correct vCenter Server IP address from the drop down menu. Check that the SOAP, Web and SSL ports don’t conflict with anything else on the server, if they do feel free to change them from the defaults. Take a screen shot or document these ports, as they will come in handy later. If you are accessing the internet via a proxy server, tick “Yes, I have Internet connection and I want to configure proxy settings now.” As we are accessing the internet directly and have no need to change any ports, we’ll click Next.

9. Choose which folder you would like to install Update Manager into and select which folder you would like to configure to hold the patch repository. Ensure you have enough free space on the patch repository drive. If you need would like to select a different folder for either option, click the Change button. We will use the default. Click Next.

10. Now you are ready to begin the actual installation. Click Install.

11. In a few minutes your installation will be complete. Click Finish.

Disclaimer:
All the tutorials included on this site are performed in a lab environment to simulate a real world production scenario. As everything is done to provide the most accurate steps to date, we take no responsibility if you implement any of these steps in a production environment.

  • @paulmaney

    Commenting on kind of an old post, but thought I’d add a little something extra that may help someone. Yes, you can use a 32 bit Windows Authentication ODBC connection to connect to a remote VUM database by changing the account that the VUM service runs as, but what about installation? If you are logged on as username JoeAdmin and run the VUM installer it will by default try to connect to the VUM database during VUM installation as the currently logged on user (JoeAdmin), but if you’ve set the VUM and MSDB database owners to a service account (svc-vum), the installation will fail. The workaround = browse the VUM install media to D:VMware VIMupdateManagerVMware-UpdateManager.exe then Shift+Right Click this exe and choose “Run As Different User”. Enter the svc-vum account credentials and your VUM installation (and consequently the ODBC connection that the installer launches) will run under this user context…win!