Going through our list of articles about new features in vSphere 6.5 the last one is vSphere Update Manager for vCenter Server Appliance. Since vSphere 6.5 it’s fully embedded and integrated with vCenter Server Appliance with no Windows dependencies. It means that vCenter Server Appliance delivers now Update Manager as an optional service similar to Auto Deploy, etc.
Since vSphere 6.5 there is no longer possible to connect Update Manager instance that is installed on a Windows Server machine with vCenter Appliance.
That’s mean that you have two ways to use Update Manager component:
• You can install the Update Manager server component either on the same Windows server where the vCenter Server is installed or on a separate machine. To install Update Manager, you must have Windows administrator credentials for the computer on which you install Update Manager.
• You can deploy vSphere Update Manager in a secured network without Internet access. In such a case, you can use the vSphere Update Manager download service to download update metadata and update binaries.
In the a facelifted Web Client Update Manager Web Client appears as an Update Manager tab under the Configure tab in vSphere Web Client.
The whole management processes are rather the same so there isn’t anything special and worth to notice here since the product is pretty simple, easy on of course it’s doing the job.