The UMDS (Update Manager Download Service) is different from the VMware Update Manager and is used to download patches for non-internet connected vmware environments (similar to an offline WSUS). The installer is within the vSphere 5 DVD under the “umds” folder.
1. Install UMDS as a normal VMware application selecting local/remote databases etc. You cannot install UMDS on a system that already has Update Manager installed. The important selection during setup is to set the path to where you actually want the patches to be downloaded to (rather than a folder within C:\Program Files\Vmware …….).
2. To configure UMDS you need to run the vmware-umds executable from an elevated command prompt. Note: switches are case-sensitive!
Disable update for Virtual Appliance & enable ESXi host downloads
vmware-umds -S –enable-host –disable-va
Show current download platforms
Removes all platforms other than 5.0
vmware-umds -S -d embeddedEsx-3.5.0-INTL esx-3.5.0-INTL embeddedEsx-4.0.0 esx-4.0.0 embeddedESX-4.1.0 esx-4.1.0
Download updates using the current configuration
vmware-umds -E –export-store <path to export>
Full configuration and switches on the vmware site http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.vmware.vsphere.update_manager_utility.doc%2FGUID-3B44E90F-2589-4FFF-B39F-CA407AFE0619.html