You can configure virtual machines to automatically update VMware Tools.

Note:

Automatic VMware Tools upgrade is not supported for virtual machines with Solaris or NetWare guest operating systems.

Prerequisites

  • Verify that the virtual machines have a version of VMware Tools shipped with ESX/ESXi 3.5 or later installed.

  • Verify that the virtual machines are hosted on ESX/ESXi 3.5 or later and vCenter Server 3.5 or later.

  • Verify that the virtual machines are running a Linux or Windows guest OS that ESX/ESXi 3.5 or later and vCenter Server 3.5 or later support.

Procedure

  1. Right-click the virtual machine and click Edit Settings.
  2. Click the VM Options tab and select VMware Tools.
  3. Select Check and upgrade VMware Tools before each power on.
  4. Click OK to save your changes and close the dialog box.

Results

The next time the virtual machine is powered on, it checks the ESX/ESXi host for a newer version of VMware Tools. If one is available, it is installed and the guest operating system is restarted (if required).