For NetWare virtual machines, you manually install or upgrade VMware Tools by using the command line.


  • Power on the virtual machine.

  • Verify that the guest operating system is running.

  • Because the VMware Tools installer is written in Perl, verify that Perl is installed in the guest operating system.

  • For vSphere virtual machines, determine whether you have the latest version of VMware Tools. In the vSphere Client inventory, select the virtual machine and click the Summary tab.


VMware Tools 10.1.0 does not support the NetWare operating system.


  1. Mount the VMware Tools virtual disc on the guest operating system.

    VMware Product


    vSphere Client

    Inventory > Virtual Machine > Guest > Install/Upgrade VMware

    vSphere Web Client

    Right-click the virtual machine and select Guest OS > Install VMware Tools.


    Virtual Machine > Install (or Upgrade) VMware Tools

    Workstation Pro

    VM > Install (or Upgrade) VMware Tools

    Workstation Player

    Player > Manage > Install (or Upgrade) VMware Tools

  2. Load the CD-ROM driver so that the virtual CD-ROM device mounts the ISO image as a volume.

    Operating System


    NetWare 6.5


    NetWare 6.0 or NetWare 5.1

    LOAD CD9660.NSS

    NetWare 4.2 (not available in vSphere)

    load cdrom

    When the installation finishes, the message VMware Tools for NetWare are now running appears in the Logger Screen for NetWare 6.5 and NetWare 6.0 guest operating systems and in the Console Screen for NetWare 4.2 and 5.1 operating systems.

  3. For NetWare 4.2 guest operating systems, restart the guest operating system.
    1. In the system console, shut down the system.
    2. In the system console, restart the guest operating system.
      restart server
  4. If the VMware Tools virtual disc (netware.iso) is attached to the virtual machine, right-click the CD-ROM icon in the status bar of the console window and select Disconnect.

What to do next

If you upgraded VMware Tools as part of a vSphere upgrade, next determine whether to upgrade the virtual machines in your environment. To review and compare the hardware available for different compatibility levels, see the vSphere Virtual Machine Administration documentation.