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)
- On the vSphere client home screen, click the Update Manager icon.
- On the Configuration tab, click Download Settings.
- Click Add Download Source.
- Enter the Source URL for the Download Source you want to add.
- Click OK.
- Click Download Now to upload the package, then click Apply.
- On the vSphere client home screen, click Menu, then Update Manager icon.
- On the Settings tab, click Patch Setup.
- Click New to create a new download source.
- Enter the Source URL and Description for the Download Source you want to add.
- Click OK.
- On the Settings tab, click Patch Downloads.
- 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|
|Dell EMC||https://vmwaredepot.dell.com/index.xml||Download Dell patches|
|HPE||http://vibsdepot.hpe.com/index.xml||Download HPE patches|
|Lenovo||https://vmware.lenovo.com/content/latest_index/vendor-index.xml||Download Lenovo patches|
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