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VMware vSphere 5.5 Cookbook by Abhilash G B

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Creating a baseline

A baseline is a list of patches that can be used to check the ESXi hosts or virtual appliances for compliance. By default, there are two sets of baselines that are predefined:

  • Critical host patches (dynamic)
  • Non-critical host patches (dynamic)

The other baselines are:

  • VMware tools upgrade to match host (dynamic)
  • VM hardware upgrade to match host (dynamic)
  • VA upgrade to latest (dynamic)

You can manually create a new custom baseline that can be used to check the ESXi hosts for compliance.

How to do it...

The following procedure will guide you through the steps required to create a baseline:

  1. Connect to vCenter Server as an administrator using the vSphere Client.
  2. Go to Home | Update Manager.
  3. Navigate to the Baselines and Groups tab, select ...

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