Posts Tagged ‘Update Manager’

New HP CIM Patch Released, Update Manager Still Can't Apply It.

April 28, 2010

A new version (1.3) of the HP ESXi Offline Bundle has been released for ESXi 4.0 Update 1. Now I don’t normally tend to post about patch releases because… well, I just don’t really see the value in posting that a patch was released and leaving it at that. But this is a little different.

Because you _still_ cannot apply this patch via Update Manager.

So once again I’ll ask the question of VMware – what is the point of having an automated patch tool if it can’t actually apply patches like these? Clearly the HP patches are packaged in accordance with VMware requirements, because they can be installed via the vSphere CLI. Yet there is still not an easy way to add patches like this to the VUM repository. Cisco patches seem to be available via a VMware provided online repository, but I’m not asking for that – there needs to be a way to manually add patches to local VUM servers, without pointing the VUM server at a website.

Update Manager does on the other hand continue to offer somewhat useless and redundant guest patching functionality, and even more useless application level remediation for things like BizTalk server. But it still cannot handle patching a host that happens to be running a vCenter VM (yet I can manually VMotion said VM around). And there’s still the unscalable 1:1 relationship between vCenter and Update Manager. I’m not sure what the Update Manager team are working on, but they really should forget about the guests and concentrate on the host patching capabilities, which are far from ideal currently.

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VirtualCenter 2.5 Silent Install

January 1, 2008

As with VC 2.0, the unattended install documentation for 2.5 is rather scant. Like most people in large enterprises, I have the requirement to silently install VC, pointing it at a non-local license server and database, and without update manager (separation is for 2 reasons: (1) VUM could be updated out of line with VirtualCenter and (2) I haven’t decided what VUM architecture to go with yet :-D).

This can be achieved with the following:

start /wait VMware-vcserver.exe /s /w /v”/qr WARNING_LEVEL=0
LICENSING=custom VPX_LICENSEPATH=27000@hostname.domain VC_EDITION=vc DB_SERVER_TYPE=Custom DB_DSN=\”VC DSN\” INSTALL_VCI=\”\” REBOOT=SUPPRESS”

Of course, if you run that on a command line, you don’t need to escape the quotes with a backslash. Also there are some other things that must be setup first… creating the database and DSN in advance etc, I’m putting together a little video to demo that so stay tuned!