There are major change on the up coming version of Update Manager on vSphere 5. I was quite surprise with the change which I found out during the training today. In previous version, the update manager was able to provide patch update to virtual machine and ESX host. Which allow users to patch the virtual machine for both windows and Linux easily without require to purchase additional software management tools. With the new version of update manager, this capability had removed. It will only support the patch capability for ESX host level. You will no longer enjoy the benefits to perform patch update for virtual machine with Update Manager vSphere 5.

I was quite disappointing with this changes as I had used to the patch capability on virtual machines in the previous version. I will need to clarify further with the local representative about the changes on this.