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An interesting feature with the baselines in VMware Update Manager December 14, 2012

Posted by vbry21 in VMware blogs.
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I noticed an interesting thing with VMware Update manager this week to do with baselines, it’s this.

When we create a baseline, which is a collection of patches. We can make the baseline one of the following.

A fixed baseline remains the same even if new patches are added to the repository. With a fixed patch baseline, the user manually specifies all updates included in the baseline from all the patches available in Update Manager. Fixed updates are typically used to check whether systems are prepared to deal with particular problems. For example, you might use fixed baselines to check for compliance with patches to prevent computer worms.

In a Fixed baseline you highlight the patch and click the little down arrow, the patch is then included in the baseline

A dynamic baseline is updated when new patches meeting the specified criteria are added to the repository. The criteria that you can specify are patch vendor, product, severity, and release dates. As the set of available updates changes, dynamic patch baselines are updated as well. You can explicitly include or exclude an update.

In a dynamic baseline you highlight the patch and click the little down arrow, the patch is then excluded from the baseline.

I’ve tried it a couple of times and in all cases the above was true.

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