EMC Clariion

Getting the EMC PowerPath VE plugin to work with VMware Update Manager


PowerPath/VE replaces the native mulipathing plugin which gives you incredible performance gains when managing your EMC Clariion SANs. You have to push this plugin to all your vSphere/ESX hosts to take advantage of it. Using VMware Update Manager is the easiest solution but I ran into a problem. Adding a 3rd party extension requires adding a patch repository in VUM and it only accepts web URLs. So I would have to setup a dedicated web server just for this patch repository which is ridiculous. Instead I decided to leverage my Virtual Center server itself since I knew it uses a Tomcat installation to display the vCenter web GUI and webservices. Some quick Googling and I found Joshua Townsend had the exact same idea and wrote a nice guide to do this already:


Once I set it up the way Joshua describes and pointed VUM to the patch repository URL hosted by vCenter, it worked perfectly. You will notice in my screenshot below Connectivity Status says “Connected” now.

About Jason Samuel

Jason Samuel lives in Houston, TX with a primary focus on strategic advisory and architecture of end-user computing, security, enterprise mobility, virtualization, and cloud technologies from Citrix, Microsoft, & VMware. He also has an extensive background in web architecture and networking over his 20+ year career in IT. He is an Author, Speaker, and Local User Group Community Leader. He is certified in several technologies and is 1 of 63 people globally that is a recipient of the prestigious Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) award. He is 1 of 42 people in the world that has been awarded as a VMware EUC Champion and VMware vExpert. He is a featured author on DABCC which provides the latest IT Community News on Cloud, Data Center, Desktop, Mobility, Security, Storage, & Virtualization. In his spare time Jason enjoys writing how-to articles and evangelizing the technologies he works with. Disclaimer: The content and opinions expressed in articles and posts are his own and are by no means associated with his employer.

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1 Comment

  1. Josh Townsend

    October 20, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    Thanks for pointing to my article, Jason. Appreciate you sharing!

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