vCenter Update Manager to lose it's fat

by Christian Mohn · Read in about 1 min (208 words)

Dwayne Lessner who runs IT Blood Pressure, has written a guest post on GestaltIT called Is My Favourite VSphere Tool Is Going Away?

In his article, Dwayne talks about vCenter Update Manager 4.1, and the fact that it seems to be the last version of the tools that will allow you to patch your Windows and Linux guests:

VMware vSphere 4.1 release notes

Dwayne talks about this as being a bad thing, and that’s where I disagree. I have never understood why VMware saw it as their job to patch the operating systems the guests are running, and I have yet to see anyone actually use this feature. Obviously I was wrong, someone does indeed use it, but I really can’t understand why.

I’m a keen believer in doing what you know, and doing it well. Let “native” patching solutions take care of the guests, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) comes to mind, and leave vCenter Update Manager (VUM) to take care of patching your VMware products.

I wouldn’t mind seeing vCenter Update Manager (VUM) extended into patching the VMware Workstation, Fusion and Player installations your enterprise might have, but I really think that losing the fat that is guest OS patching can only be a good thing.

Post last updated on July 14, 2018: Small update

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