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Add Download Sources to VMware Update Manager (VUM)

An ESXi host can have custom vSphere Installation Bundles (VIBs) installed. Typically, this includes things like third-party drivers or management agents. In some cases, you may want to manage those installed drivers or agents with VMware Update Manager (VUM) to deploy a specific known-good configuration across a cluster with ease. Here’s how you add 3rd party download sources to VUM in vCenter:

vSphere Web Client (Flex)

  1. On the vSphere client home screen, click the Update Manager icon.
  2. On the Configuration tab, click Download Settings.
  3. Click Add Download Source.
  4. Enter the Source URL for the Download Source you want to add.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Click Download Now to upload the package, then click Apply.

vSphere Client

  1. On the vSphere client home screen, click Menu, then Update Manager icon.
  2. On the Settings tab, click Patch Setup.
  3. Click New to create a new download source.
  4. Enter the Source URL and Description for the Download Source you want to add.
  5. Click OK.
  6. On the Settings tab, click Patch Downloads.
  7. Click Download Now to download new patch definitions.

Not every manufacturer supports integration with VMware Update Manager, but here’s what I could find.

3rd Party Download Sources for VMware Update Manager
ManufacturerDownload SourceDescription
Dell EMChttps://vmwaredepot.dell.com/index.xmlDownload Dell patches
HPEhttp://vibsdepot.hpe.com/index.xmlDownload HPE patches
Lenovohttps://vmware.lenovo.com/content/latest_index/vendor-index.xmlDownload Lenovo patches

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