Installing vSphere 6.0 Update Manager

Posted: March 19, 2017 in VMWare

vSphere Update Manager (VUM) is a tool which enabled VMWare administrators to automate and streamline process of applying updates to vSphere environment.VUM is integrated to vCenter server  and offers the ability to scan and remediate ESXi hosts.

In this example i used SQL server database (192.168.0.6) for storing updates,VUM will be installed on separate Windows Server 2016 machines (192.168.0.45)

Configuring SQL server

VMWare requires using SQL server login when SQL database is on separate server,so first thing is to create SQL server login:

In SQL server management studio Expand security-Right Click Login-New Login

 

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Creating  VUM database

Right click Database-New Database

 

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Set owner to SQL login

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Set SQL login to be owner to MSDB database too (required during VUM installation)

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Enable SQL Authentication

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Check if Named Pipe,Shared Memory and TCP/IP is enabled,if not,enable it and restart MSSQL service

 

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Using SQL server management studio try to log in using SQL server login,you should be prompted for new password

 

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After we configured SQL server,now it’s time to configure server where VUM will be installed:

 

Configuring VUM server

Install appropriate ODBC driver (on my SQL server ODBC 11 driver is installed),so i need to install the same driver on VUM server

 

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Creating connection to SQL server VUM database

Create ODBC connection (must select 32 bit version)

 

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Select System DSN-Add

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Select ODBC Driver 11

 

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Enter Connection Name and name/IP of SQL server and click next

 

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Enter SQL login credentials

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From drop-down list select VUM database

 

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Test connection and click OK

 

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Installing VUM

Mount vCenter Server ISO,on Auto-Run windows select vSphere Update Manager-Server

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Enter vCenter IP Address/hostname and vCenter credentials

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Enter ODBC name (we created in in previous steps)

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Enter SQL login

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Leave default or enter custom ports (installation routine will open these ports on VUM server)

 

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After installation finishes, Update Manager should be visible in vCenter Sever

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Click Update Manager-icon with IP address of VUM server should appear-click on it-Manage-Settings-Download Settings-Download Now

 

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We can monitor download progress from VUM server

 

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