Install the latest version of VMware Tools to enhance the performance of the virtual machine’s guest operating system and improve virtual machine management.

Before you install or upgrade VMware Tools on a virtual machine, determine the status of VMware Tools. To do this, select the virtual machine and click the Summary tab. The VMware Tools label indicates whether VMware Tools is installed and current, installed and not current, or not installed.

A supported guest operating system must be installed on the virtual machine.

You must have an ESX/ESXi license or be using evaluation mode to power on the virtual machine.

1

From the vSphere Client, right-click the virtual machine, select Power, and select Power On.

2

Click the Console tab to make sure that the guest operating system starts successfully, and log in if necessary.

3

Right-click the virtual machine, select Guest, and select Install/Upgrade VMware Tools.

4

Select Interactive Tools Installation and click OK.

This step initiates the installation process by mounting the VMware Tools bundle on the guest operating system.

5

In the virtual machine console, log in as root (su -) and, if necessary, mount the VMware Tools virtual CD-ROM image, as follows.

Usually, the Solaris volume manager mounts the CD-ROM under /cdrom/vmwaretools. If the CD-ROM is not mounted, restart the volume manager using the following commands.

/etc/init.d/volmgt stop
/etc/init.d/volmgt start
6

After the CD-ROM is mounted, change to a working directory (for example, /tmp) and extract VMware Tools.

cd /tmp
gunzip -c /cdrom/vmwaretools/vmware-solaris-tools.tar.gz | tar xf -
7

Run the VMware Tools tar installer.

cd vmware-tools-distrib
./vmware-install.pl

Respond to the configuration questions on the screen. Press Enter to accept the default values.

8

Log off of the root account.

exit

Verify the status of VMware Tools by checking the VMware Tools label on the virtual machine Summary tab. The VMware Tools label should display the word OK.