BigFix® for Virtual Endpoint Manager provides an automated, simplified patching process that is administered from a single console. It gives you unified, near real-time visibility and enforcement to deploy and manage patches in a virtual environment.

BigFix Patch for VMware ESXi provides audit Fixlets for new patch bundle updates that VMware releases. Patch for VMware ESXi provides a way to query the patch status of devices for VMware ESXi without installing an agent on the machine. It uses the management extender which communicates with the VMware API. Patch management is available through the Patches for ESXi site.


Among the key features of BigFix Virtual Endpoint Manager are:

  • Identification of virtual machines that have not been turned on for a long time.
  • An offline virtual machine workflow where you can schedule a patch window for machines to power on, run any BigFix actions targeted at the machines, then power down the machines safely.
  • Support of virtual machine and host management tasks such as power-on, suspend, reboot, and taking snapshots for virtual machines.
  • Exposure of virtual machine guest and host relationships in ESXi through new inspectors and the Virtual Machine Guest Overview dashboard.

Additional Resources

HCL BigFix Virtual Endpoint Manager User’s Guide

Patch for VMware ESXi user guide


HCL Support


BigFix 9.5+

VMware ESXi/vCenter (5.0, 5.1, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5, 6.7)