Remotely Update a Single Photon OS Machine With Photon Management Daemon

After you have a configured the Photon Management Daemon on a machine, you can remotely update any installed package on that machine. You can use the root user credentials.

The update process uses pmd-cli which is supported from Photon Management Daemon. You can initiate the update process from any machine that has Photon Management Daemon CLI installed.


  • Have an installed Photon Management Daemon on the client.
  • Have in installed Photon Management Daemon CLI (pmd-cli) on a machine from which you perform the updates.


  1. To initiate remote update, log in to a machine that has Photon Management Daemon CLI installed over SSH.

  2. Identify packages that can be updated on the client machine.

    • List the available updates for the machine.
pmd-cli --server-name <machine-IP-address> --user root pkg list updates
  1. Verify the currently installed version of a package, for example sed.
pmd-cli --server-name <machine-IP-address> --user root pkg installed sed

The installed version number shows as earlier than the one listed under the available updates.

  1. Initiate the update, in this example of the sed package, enter password, and wait for the command to complete.
pmd-cli --server-name <machine-IP-address> --user root pkg update sed
  1. (Optional) Verify that the client machine package was updated successfully.
    • Log in to the machine that was updated over SSH.
    • List the installed version of the sed package.
pmd-cli --server-name <machine-IP-address> --user root pkg installed sed
Last modified November 8, 2023: Update (3799256)