The appinfo plugin collects the information about running applications inside the guest and publishes the information to a guest variable. For each application running inside the guest, the name and version information is captured and published by the plugin. This application information is collected by default.

Procedure

  1. Retrieving the data: The data collected by appInfo plugin is retrieved as follows:
    • From inside the guest
      Linux guest
      • vmtoolsd --cmd “info-get guestinfo.appInfo”
      • vmware-rpctool “info-get guestinfo.appInfo”
      Windows guest
      • rpctool.exe “info-get guestinfo.appInfo”
  2. Changing the poll-interval: The appInfo plugin captures the information in every 30 minutes by default.
    Note: The default value is changed to '6 hours' in VMware Tools 11.1.0.
    Guest admin can configure this poll-interval at anytime as follows:
    • Linux

      vmware-toolbox-cmd config set appinfo poll-interval <new value in seconds>

    • Windows

      VMwareToolboxCmd.exe config set appinfo poll-interval <new value in seconds>

  3. Disabling the appInfo plugin: Guest admin can disable the appInfo plugin as follows:
    • Linux guest

      vmware-toolbox-cmd config set appinfo disabled true or

      vmware-toolbox-cmd config set appinfo poll-interval 0

    • Windows guest

      VMwareToolboxCmd.exe config set appinfo disabled true or

      VMwareToolboxCmd.exe config set appinfo poll-interval 0