It’s the Little Stuff – Patching vRealize Life Cycle Manager

As I’ve said before VMware has made it really easy to conduct management with the lifecycle manager. That sentiment also extends to the lifecycle manager itself. Below let’s go through quickly patching of the main appliance.

After logging in you are going to click on lifecycle operations under the my services menu.

From the lifecycle operation section select settings from the left-hand menu. Then go to binary mapping.

From the binary mapping session go to patch binaries. Then from you two options select or click check patches online. You also have the option to add patch binary if you have it locally stored.

As with many other tasks that happen with lifecycle manager you can select requests to see this current request to check or refresh the patch primary listing as seen below.

Once that completes and we go back to patch binaries we can now see the listed binaries that are available to pull into lifecycle manager.

As you can see in the picture below you have a few options of things that have popped up. I’m selecting the very first one for an update patch to the lifecycle manager itself. As you can see from the summary it is a critical cumulative patch bundle for lifecycle manager. Next to the item, in this case the patch for lifecycle manager you would see the download button. Once the download has completed you will see then to symbols one a green check stating that the item has been downloaded and one an option to click to delete the downloaded item.

Installation of the patch is very straightforward. Returns the main settings menu and select system patches.

Once in system patches you will see two options on the upper right area. As seen you do have the option to create a snapshot of the lifecycle manager virtual machine itself prior to any patchwork. Right next to that you see new patch which is what will click now.

From the new patch menu for installation you will see the patches that have been downloaded. In this case we see the critical bug fix patch that we downloaded in previous steps. Action one is to select which patch you want to install and then hit next.

On the next page you can review and then select install to begin the installation of the patch.

You might not see anything occurring at that point in time but if you click away to any of the other menus you should see below a screen with the computer picture on it showing actions happening in the background. Depending on your underlying system and resources allocated as well as the type of patch the time may vary for this to complete. In my case it took about two minutes, after which I was automatically logged out of the lifecycle manager.

Once you log back into lifecycle manager you can go back to settings and system patches. As you can see below this is the last installed patch the one that we just completed.

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