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

To determine the status of VMware Tools, 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.


During VMware Tools installation, a Windows guest operating system might display a message indicating that the package has not been signed. If this message appears, click Install Anyway to continue the installation.

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.


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


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


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


Select Interactive Tools Installation and click OK.

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


If the New Hardware wizard appears, go through the wizard and accept the defaults.


In the virtual machine console, do one of the following.

If autorun is enabled, click OK to confirm that you want to install VMware Tools and launch the InstallShield wizard.

If autorun is not enabled, manually launch the VMware Tools installer by clicking Start > Run and entering D:\setup.exe, where D: is your first virtual CD-ROM drive.


Follow the onscreen instructions.


Reboot for the changes to take effect.

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.

For Windows 2000 and later, VMware Tools installs the VmUpgradeHelper tool to restore the network configuration. From the Windows guest opertating system, start the VmUpgradeHelper service.