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.

About this task

Note:

Automatic VMware Tools upgrade is supported for virtual machines running Windows and Linux guest operating systems. For information about upgrading VMware Tools, see the VMware Tools User Guide documentation.

Procedure

  1. Right-click the virtual machine and click Edit Settings.
  2. Click the Options tab and select VMware Tools.
  3. Select Check and upgrade Tools during power cycling in the Advanced pane.
  4. Click OK to save your changes and close the dialog box.
  5. Click the Options tab and select VMware Tools.
  6. Select Check and upgrade Tools during power cycling in the Advanced pane.
  7. Click OK to save your changes and close the dialog box.
  8. Select Check and upgrade Tools during power cycling in the Advanced pane.
  9. Click OK to save your changes and close the dialog box.

Results

The next time the virtual machine is powered on, it checks the ESX/ESXi host for a newer version of VMware Tools. If one is available, it is installed and the guest operating system is restarted (if required).