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Welcome to everything you need to know about VMware vSphere Update Manager, and everything you need to know to upgrade VMware vSphere!

You may also see Update Manager referred to as vSphere Update Manager, ESXi Update Manager, or vCenter Update Manager.

Are you still running ESXi 5.5 and need help upgrading?  Don’t worry.  Here’s what you need to do.  The quickest and easiest way to upgrade is to upgrade from vSphere 5.5 to vSphere 6.5.

Check out my VMworld 2017 Session, Upgrading to vSphere 6.5 the VCDX Way  This session will explain things like what order to upgrade components in.

Make sure all the hardware and software components are listed on the the VMware Compatibility Guide.

Either upgrade your vCenter to vSphere 6.5 or build a new one.

Upgrade ESXi from 5.5 to 6.5 using vSphere Update Manager on the VCSA.

Make sure you install your VMware vSphere licenses!

Once you have upgrade to vSphere 6.7, the upgrade to VMware vSphere 6.7 is your next easy upgrade!

vSphere Update Manager makes it easy to manage and update ESXi, VMware Tools, and virtual hardware versions in your VMware vSphere environment.  It is an essential part to any VMware vSphere upgrade.  Read on to find everything you need to start panning your vSphere upgrade today!

The VMware Compatibility Guide, First Stop for Successful Upgrades
melissa • August 21, 2018 • No Comments

When it comes time to upgrade a VMware Product, your first stop should be the VMware Compatibility Guide. Why, you ask? A VMware environment contains

How to Upgrade to ESXi 6.7 Using VMware vSphere Update Manager
melissa • April 19, 2018 • No Comments

If you have not already heard, Before you update ESXi to 6.7, there are a couple of things you you need to do first:

Update Manager Is Now in the New and Improved HTML5 vSphere 6.7 Client
melissa • April 17, 2018 • No Comments

When it comes time to update ESXi hosts, VMware vSphere Update Manager often comes to mind first.  You may also here it referred to as

Upgrading to vSphere 6.5 the VCDX Way at VMworld 2017
melissa • October 20, 2017 • No Comments

Upgrading your vSphere environment can be done with the click of a button, thanks to VMware vSphere Update Manager.  However, just because you can doesn't

Enhancements to Update Manager Download Service in vSphere 6.5
melissa • January 17, 2017 • No Comments

If you plan on using VMware vSphere Update Manager Download Service, or UMDS is an add on to VMware vSphere Update Manager.  In the past,

Why Nested ESXi Is an Essential Part of Your Home Lab
melissa • January 03, 2017 • No Comments

There’s always a ton of discussion around home labs among IT professionals on Twitter, and many are very, very impressive!  I have to admit, I