You can use menu commands and dialog boxes from within VMware Workstation, Player, Fusion, and vCenter Server to configure several settings for VMware Tools.

VMware Workstation and VMware Player
You can use the Virtual Machine Settings dialog box and the Preferences dialog box to automatically check for, download, and install VMware Tools upgrades. The Virtual Machine Settings dialog box also contains a command to shrink virtual disks and to enable and disable VMware scripts for power operations.
VMware Fusion
In Fusion 4 you can use the Automatically check for updates button to update both Fusion and VMware Tools, and use the Clean Up Virtual Machine button to shrink virtual disks.
You can use the virtual machine Edit Settings dialog box to automatically check for and upgrade VMware Tools. Also use this dialog box to enable and disable VMware Scripts for power operations or to set the virtual machine to synchronize its clock with that on the host.

In addition, in many VMware products, you can connect and disconnect removable devices by using menu commands or buttons in the virtual machine's status bar.

Note: The graphical user interface for VMware Tools, which is sometimes called the VMware Tools control panel and which is available from the notification area in the guest operating system, has been deprecated and will be removed from the product in a future release. The preferred method of configuring VMware Tools is to use the settings available from within your VMware product or to use the command-line VMware Tools configuration utility.