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We are installing Dell vmware Esxi iso image on dell servers to deploy Esxi hosts.
I am about to setup the update manger to get patches.
i noticed that by default it is point to to vmware site for the patch downloads.
Is it the place where it has to get patches even though we use dell iso image for installation?
Experts out there I will appreciate your help on this.
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Correct the patches are available from VMware, and will "update" your Dell OEM versions and not overwrite the OEM DELL vibs and components.

if you were doing it manually, you would use the update command rather than install, to Update the Dell hosts with patches, to keep Dell OEM vibs,.
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Updates via VUM are available for dell components too via:
https://vmwaredepot.dell.com/index.xml
(add this URL to VUM)
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I downloaded and created baseline and noticed that most of the patches listed as Esxi embedded 5.1 .
Does this means that these are not suitable for Dell ver iso installation?
What will happen if i remediate those along with other patches?
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DELL custom image  = vmware ESXi embedded + all drivers in that repo

You do not need to create custom baselines. Just to predefined of all critical patches and other patches should do just fine.
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Thanks theist,
I noticed the default download has some patches for exit4.1 which we do not have .
Can i go and apply that default baseline ? or create new and select only all esxi5.1 and attach that?
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It downloads meta-data of all patches in VUM repository, and then filters.
VIBs are downloaded only when it first stages particular VIB (i.e 4.1 patches will not be downloaded if you never attempt to upgrade 4.1 ESXi)
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