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HOWTO: Force a vSphere Update Manager Refresh

Let’s suppose it’s a release day, and you know software is out from VMware and want to put it in your lab right away to start testing.  Depending on how your vSphere Update Manager is configured, this might be updated nightly, weekly, or even monthly.  So there’s reason to believe you might need to one-off the updates.

1) Open vSphere Update Manager in the vSphere Client:

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Click on the CONFIGURATION tab, then NOTIFICATION CHECK

2) In the SCHEDULE NOTIFICATIONS window:

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Click FREQUENCY=ONCE and START TIME = NOW.  Click NEXT, NEXT, FINISH.

NOTE: Remember to note your existing schedule, so you can reset it later.

3) Click on DOWNLOAD SCHEDULE on the left:

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Click EDIT DOWNLOAD SCHEDULE in the upper right corner.

4) In the SCHEDULE UPDATE DOWNLOAD window:

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Click FREQUENCY=ONCE and START TIME = NOW.  Click NEXT, NEXT, FINISH.

NOTE: Remember to note your existing schedule, so you can reset it later.

5) In the RECENT TASKS pane:

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Verify that both jobs have completed.  Once complete, repeat the steps above but reset the time/schedules to your normal schedule – eg: Daily @ 23:00, etc. 

6) Click on the PATCH REPOSITORY tab:

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If you sort by date, you should now see new updates listed in bold. 

From here, you can now go about performing an Update Manager tab Scan on your hosts and validate which ones have outstanding patches. 

Happy updating!

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