The following post was contributed by Dwayne Lessner (@DLink7).
While going through the release notes for vSphere 4.1 I noticed one of my favourite vSphere tools be might be going away. vCenter Update Manager (VUM) 4.1 and its subsequent update releases are the last releases to support scanning and remediation of patches for Windows and Linux guest operating systems.
I think it would be a mistake not to continue on with VUM. The tool can scan and remediate both powered on and powered off virtual machines (VMs). You can easily tell from a single pane of glass which VM’s are compliant or not. With a large virtual desktop Infrastructure (VDI) environment it’s fast and easy to update your templates and linked clones. You can even automatically take a snapshot before you apply the updates in case there is a problem. This tool has shaved off hours on monthly change windows. If I had to do all this work manually I would have to hire extra staff which in today’s market is not going to happen.
Shavlik, the company behind the patch database that VUM relies on, seems to have a good working relationship with VMware. Last year when VMware announced VMware GO, a free web-based service that will allow a customers to set up ESXi, Shavilk was a major partner. It’s hard to believe they would just drop each other but I believe there is a cloud play. Shavlik will be providing cloud-based IT management and patching through their OPsCloud strategy. I believe with VMware’s Redwood around the corner the two companies will offer the proper hooks to each others infrastructure in the form of the appropriate cloud API’s.
It’s likely that the same tools will exist but in different forms and under different names. I am sure we will have another reason to spend the money on another upgrade.