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VMU importance in VMWare.

I am starting off with VMWare now , so far its fun learning ESXi , vCenter configuration. Now I have few questions on installating VMU for vCenter.

Below are my question

1. Is it mandatory to install VMU if we have vCenter ? If no , then do we have any other alternative to patch/upgrade the Esxi or VM's?

2.what are the best practice to install VMU in VMWare enviornment . Right now I have only 1 ESxi , 1 vCenter server . So , Shall I use my vCenter server to install VMU in it ? If yes about the database configuration for VMU?i.e I need to install 2 separate instanaces , 1 for vCenter and 1 for VMU?

Please help me in understanding this

Thanks,

_Prashant_
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Hi

There are two method you can patch

 using update manager.
Using cli interface.

We have some clients go on patch on update level that time we use cli interface...big clients use update manager top patch large esxi servers at a single time.

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So that means I can manually update my Esxi servers using PowerCLI , and this is not a frequent update that I can understand.

When I see my enviornment , I dont think there is a VUM in place.

Most of the organisation dont use it I think ? AM I right here?

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_Prashant_
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it depends, upload the offline bundle to your ESXi server, using WinSCP, to a datastore, and then use the esxcli command to update it.

make sure server is in maintenance mode

esxcli software vib install -d /vmfs/volumes/[DATASTORE]/[PATCH_FILE].zip
Thank you guys , That helped me understand the concept.

_Prashant_