You can install VMware Tools on multiple virtual machines with Windows guest operating systems. You can automate this installation and specify the VMware Tools components that you want to include or exclude in the options.

Prerequisites

  • Power on the virtual machine.
  • Log in to the guest operating system as an administrator.
  • If you plan to use the setup.exe command at the command line to run the VMware Tools installation, edit the virtual machine settings to connect the virtual CD/DVD drive to the VMware Tools ISO image. In VMware Workstation Pro and Workstation Player, the windows.iso file is on the host in the directory where you installed Workstation Pro or Workstation Player.
  • If you plan to use MSI arguments to specify options regarding the silent installation, go to the Windows Installer page on the MSDN Web site to familiarize yourself with the syntax. You can use these arguments with the setup.exe command or place them in the vCenter Server dialog box for automatic installations and upgrades.
  • To prevent some VMware Tools components from being installed, familiarize yourself with the VMware Tools component names so that you can specify which components to exclude. See Specify VMware Tools Components for Silent Installations.
  • If you are installing VMware Tools from a beta or release candidate of a VMware product, suppress prompts about unsigned drivers. See Suppress Prompts About Unsigned Drivers on Windows Operating Systems Before... and Add VMware as a Trusted Publisher to Suppress Driver Prompts....

Procedure

  1. In vSphere Client, select the host, cluster, or datacenter and click the Virtual Machine inventory object.
  2. Right-click the virtual machine and select Guest OS > Install VMware Tools.
  3. Provide the install or upgrade configuration information.