New Training: Keeping vSphere 7 Updated
In this 8-video skill, CBT Nuggets trainer Keith Barker discusses and demonstrates methods used to keep vCenter, ESXi Hosts, and VMs updated. Watch this new VMware training.
Watch the full course: VMware Certified Professional
This training includes:
58 minutes of training
You’ll learn these topics in this skill:
Intro to Updates in vSphere
ESXi Hypervisor Updates
ESXi Host Profiles
VM H/W and Tools
Hosts, VMs, & Affinity
Hands on Lab: Host Profiles and Affinity
How Do I Update vCenter?
Implementing virtualized environments has become a common practice in today's business world. Virtualized environments provide a path to reducing TCO (total cost of ownership) for the IT environment for organizations while creating an infrastructure that is easier to manage. VMWare has become the tool of choice for these virtualized environments, too. Though VMs can be easier to manage than individual machines running servers, the hypervisor software still needs to be maintained itself. This includes updates.
VMWare's VCenter has a couple of options for applying updates. For highly critical, secure, and air-gapped environments, you'll need to download the updates via an ISO file from VMWare's support page. Once this ISO is downloaded, access it from the Updates panel in VCenter to apply it.
Air-gapped environments are not the norm, though. VCenter can also apply updates over the internet as well. To update VCenter over the internet, use the same options in the Updates panel in VCenter but instead use the Check CD Rom + URL option. This option will kick off a process for updating VCenter over the internet.