You can automate the process to upgrade VMware Tools for the virtual machines in your inventory.

You can set up Update Manager to perform a check of the VMware Tools version when a machine is powered on or restarted. If necessary, Update Manager upgrades VMware Tools to the latest version supported by the host that is running the virtual machine.

When you perform a VMware Tools upgrade on power cycle, Update Manager does not take a snapshot of the virtual machine, and you cannot roll back to the previous version.


  1. In the vSphere Web Client, select Home > VMs and Templates, and select a virtual machine or a folder.
  2. Right-click a virtual machine or a folder and select Update Manager > VMware Tools Upgrade Settings
    The Edit VMware Tools upgrade settings wizard opens.
  3. Select the virtual machines for which you want to enable VMware Tools upgrade on power cycle, and click OK.


The next time the virtual machines are restarted or powered on, Update Manager checks the version of VMware Tools installed in the machines and performs an upgrade, if necessary.