VMware Tools provides drivers and services that enhance the performance of virtual machines and make several vSphere features easy to use. When VMware Tools is installed, you can configure many of these utilities and change their characteristics.

You can use one of the following methods to configure VMware Tools.

  • The command-line configuration utility in the guest operating system. You can modify VMware Tools settings, shrink virtual disks, and connect and disconnect virtual devices.
  • Custom scripts.
  • Menu commands and dialog boxes.
  • By editing the configuration file tools.conf

For information about installing and configuring VMware Tools in other VMware products, see the documentation for your product. For information about VMware Tools in hosts that are provisioned with vSphere Auto Deploy, see VMware Knowledge Base article http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2004018.