One of the big advantages of the virtual appliance version of VMware vCenter (vCSA) is the ability to update both the OS components and the VMware parts with a simple menu.

Just use the administrative UI available at https://vCSA_IP:5480 and login with user root and the password that you have choose during the deployment.

Update is a dedicated menu:

The main issue is that it works well only if vCenter can reach the VMware repository, or only if you build an internal repository.

Theoretically you can configure a proxy web in the network settings:

But is doesn’t work for the update: when you try to check the update available on-line you will get a generic “Download failed” error (both for PSC and vCenter).

The issues is present in all 6.0 and 6.5 (included U1) versions.

The solution is just add an additional configuration in /etc/sysconfig/proxy, when you have enabled the proxy from the UI. You need to activate also the HTTPS_PROXY in this line:

# Example: HTTPS_PROXY=""

If you are using vSAN 6.6.x, plese DON’T DO this changes on the vCenter (you can do on PSC), because of an existing bug (also in 6.5U1) described in this post.

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Andrea MauroAbout Andrea Mauro (2642 Posts)

Virtualization & Cloud Architect. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member. VMware VMTN Moderator and vExpert 2010-17. PernixPro 2014-16. Dell TechCenter Rockstar 2014-15. Microsoft MVP 2014-16. Veeam Vanguard 2015-17. Nutanix NTC 2014-17. Several certifications including: VCDX-DCV, VCP-DCV/DT/Cloud, VCAP-DCA/DCD/CIA/CID/DTA/DTD, MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, CCA, NPP.

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