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Mastering VMware vSphere 6 by Josh Atwell, Grant Orchard, Scott Lowe, Nick Marshall

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Chapter 4 vSphere Update Manager and the vCenter Support Tools

Software and firmware updates are a fact of life in today’s IT departments. Most organizations recognize that software updates are necessary to correct problems or flaws, to address security-related vulnerabilities, and to add new features. Fortunately, VMware offers a tool to help centralize, automate, and manage these patches for vSphere. This tool is called vSphere Update Manager (VUM). The remainder of the vCenter Support Tools assist in centrally deploying and managing hosts.

In this chapter, you will learn to

  • Install VUM and integrate it with the vSphere Desktop Client
  • Determine which ESX/ESXi hosts or VMs need to be patched or upgraded
  • Use VUM to upgrade VM hardware or ...

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