The vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) from VMware is easy to deploy, but how easy is it to keep up to date with patches? I was wondering this myself a while back and sought out to test the waters. In this walkthrough I will take you through the process of updating the vCSA to the latest build.
Perhaps you’re feeling pretty lazy and want to know whether vCSA can update on its own. Well, if you are that lazy or trusting, the answer is yes. As you can see from the image below, if we navigate to the Settings tab on the update area, there are some choices for automatic updates.
I’m not a big fan of this, but the feature is there for those that wish to use it. The one option that I wish existed is a combination of the last two options. I would like an option to autocheck for updates then download them, but I’d like it to wait for me to apply them. This would be the best option, as it would save me a little time in checking for updates then having to wait for them to download.
If you want to predownload the update package from VMware, you can point the appliance to the package via a CD-ROM drive or by using a local repository. This option is shown in the image above. The update packages are typically a little over one gigabit in size.