As part of my lab upgrade process of updating all the vCloud parts I wanted to document the vShield Manager update steps. Since vShield manager is a VMware appliance it has a database that holds your rules and settings that are distributed out to the various vShield App and Edge devices that you are using. So if you just did a rip and replace with the appliance to get to the new version you would break a lot of things and have to recreate your rules and re-deploy the agents to hosts. This would be a very bad thing in a production install. This is why you should use the update feature built in the vShield manager console. You can review my post on upgrading the vCloud appliance also.
To update vShield manager you need to download the gZip package from VMware. When you look at the download options for vShield there is an OVF package that deploys a fresh version of the appliance or there is a zipped package that you use for updates. Grab the update package and use for the next step.
In Figure 1 below you can see that after logging into the management page of the vShield Manager appliance you need to navigate to the “Settings & Reports” option in the left tree. Then choose the updates tab and then upload settings. This will present you with the option to upload the zipped update file that you downloaded earlier.
About Brian Suhr
Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design