Configure IIS Web server as a path source for vCenter Update Manager

The current (vSphere 6.0) Update Manager (UM) services are running on Windows Server environment. The most obvious solution to share the repository downloaded/updated by Update Manager Download Service (UMDS) is the Windows Server built in Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS).
UMDS downloads the repository to it’s defined patch download path, from where using umds export command the files can be syncronized to another location which IIS will provide via http.

1.  Install and set up the IIS Web server software on a machine that the Update Manager server can access.

2. Create patch data folder within the webserver document root (For example: C:\inetpub\patch_data )

3.  IIS need to be configured to allow the following MIME types: .vib, .sig, and .xml as per following procedure:

  1. Click Start > Programs > Administrative Tools > Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.    
  2. In the Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager window, select IIS Manager Information > computer_name (local computer) > Web Sites > Default Web Site.
  3. Right-click the the patch data folder and select Properties.
  4. Click HTTP Headers > MIME Types.
  5. Click New to add the MIME Types.
  6. In the Extension text field, enter .vib, .sig, and .xml. Enter one file extension for each MIME type entry.
  7. In the MIME Type field, enter application/octet-stream for .vib and .sig. For .xml, enter text/xml in the MIME Type field.
  8. Save the changes.

4. Permissions for the patch data folder have to be set:

  1. In the IIS Manager window, right-click the patch data folder and select Permissions.    
  2. In the Advanced Security Settings dialog box, select the Allow inheritable permissions from the parent to propagate to this object and all child objects. Include these with entries explicitly defined here and Replace permission entries on all child objects with entries shown here that apply to child objects check boxes.

5. Restart the IIS Admin Service in the Services Control Manager

6. Verify you can access the patch data directory in a web browser

7. Using the vSphere Client, connect to a vCenter Server system with which Update Manager is registered and select Home > Solutions and Applications > Update Manager in the navigation bar.

8. Click the Configuration tab in the Update Manager Administration view.

9. Under Patch Download Settings, click Add Patch Source.

10. Enter the URL of the patch data folder on the Web server and, optionally, a description for the new patch source.
For example, http://ip_address_or_hostname/patch_data/index.xml

11. Click Validate URL to validate that Update Manager can access the patch source.

12. Click OK.

The new URL is added to the list of patch sources.

 

 

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