This is a guide to the process of updating VMware ESX Server Its intention is to give an overview of the steps involved rather than going into too much detail, as this can vary from version to version.

It is assumed that VMware Update Manager (VUM) is installed and configured correctly, and that the VUM VI client plugin is installed and enabled.


1. Click "Scheduled Tasks".

2. Run the "VMware Update Manager Update Download" task. This will download all available updates as configured in Update Manager. Wait until completed.

3. Right click the ESX server or cluster that you want to update and click "Scan for updates". This will check what updates are needed (It will not install anything). Wait until completed. Updates needed (non-compliant updates) can be found under the Update Manager tab ont he cluster or the ESX server.

4. Right click the ESX server or cluster that you want to update and click "Remediate".

5. Select the baselines you want to apply.

6. Select the updates to install. Read the release notes for the updates.

7. Set the install parameters.

8. Click "Finish" to start the update procedure.

9. Once complete check the version/build number is now updated and re-run "Scan for updates" to see that all updates are now compliant.

10. Test that all functionality is working correctly.

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