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

Install the latest version of VMware Tools to enhance the performance of the virtual machine's guest operating system and improve virtual machine management. When you power on a virtual machine, if a new version of VMware Tools is available, you see a notification in the status bar of the guest operating system.


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


  1. Select the menu command to mount the VMware Tools virtual disc on the guest operating system.
    VMware Product Menu Command
    vSphere Client Inventory > Virtual Machine > Guest > Install/Upgrade VMware Tools
    vSphere Web Client Right-click the virtual machine and select All vCenter Actions > Guest OS > Install/Upgrade VMware Tools.
    1. To locate a virtual machine, select a datacenter, folder, cluster, resource pool, host, or vApp.
    2. Click the Related Objects tab and click Virtual Machines.
    Fusion Virtual Machine > Install (or Upgrade) VMware Tools
    Workstation VM > Install (or Upgrade) VMware Tools
    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 Command
    NetWare 6.5 LOAD CDDVD
    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 to disconnect it.

What to do next

(Recommended) 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.