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Mastering VMware vSphere™ 4 by Scott Lowe

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Chapter 4. Installing and Configuring vCenter Update Manager

Software patches are, unfortunately, a fact of life in today's IT departments. Most organizations recognize that it is impossible to create 100 percent error-free code and that software patches will be necessary to correct problems or flaws or to add new features. Fortunately, VMware offers a tool to help automate this process for vSphere. This tool is called vCenter Update Manager (VUM).

In this chapter, you will learn to:

  • Install VUM and integrate it with the vSphere Client

  • Determine which ESX/ESXi hosts or virtual machines need to be patched or upgraded

  • Use VUM to upgrade virtual machine hardware or VMware Tools

  • Apply patches to ESX/ESXi hosts

  • Apply patches to Windows guests

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