You can configure virtual machines to automatically update VMware Tools before you start the virtual machines. This action helps to eliminate unnecessary shut downs by taking advantage of other updates or activities that require you to restart the virtual machine.

Before you begin

  • Verify that the virtual machines have a version of VMware Tools shipped with ESX/ESXi 3.5 or later installed.

  • Verify that the virtual machines are hosted on ESX/ESXi 3.5 or later and vCenter Server 3.5 or later.

  • Verify that the virtual machines are running a Linux or Windows guest OS that ESX/ESXi 3.5 or later and vCenter Server 3.5 or later support.

About this task

Note:

Automatic VMware Tools upgrade is not supported for virtual machines with Solaris or NetWare guest operating systems.

Procedure

  1. Right-click a virtual machine in the inventory and select Edit Settings.
  2. Click the VM Options tab and expand VMware Tools.
  3. Select the Check and upgrade VMware Tools before each power on check box.
  4. Click OK to save your changes.