The following is a step by step guide for staging patches to VMware ESXi 6.0 hosts. This is a useful feature if your VMware ESXi 6.0 hosts are located across lethargic wide area network (WAN) links.

  1. On the VMware vSphere Client home page select Hosts and Clusters.01
  2. From the inventory list select a VMware ESXi 6.0 host.02
  3. On the content area of the VMware vSphere Client select the Update Manager tab.03
  4. On the Update Manager tab content area click Stage….
  5. On the Baseline Selection dialog box select the baselines for the patches to be staged and click Next >.04
  6. On the Patch and Extension Exclusion dialog box deselect any patches or extension you would not like to be staged and click Next >.06
  7. On the Ready to Complete dialog box click Finish to being staging the patches.07
  8. View the Recent Tasks pane to verify the patches have been staged.08