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.

Verify that a supported guest operating system is installed on the virtual machine.

Verify that you have an ESX/ESXi license or are using evaluation mode.


In the vSphere Client inventory, right-click the virtual machine and select Power > 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 and select Guest > 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.


Do one of the following:

From the desktop, double-click the VMware Tools CD icon or the file manager window and double-click the RPM installer.

If the VMware Tools CD icon or file manager window does not appear, install VMware Tools from the command line.


When prompted, enter the root password and click OK.

The installer prepares the packages.


Click Continue when a Completed System Preparation message appears.

When the installer is done, VMware Tools is installed. There is no confirmation or finish button.


In a terminal window, such as root (su -), run the command to configure VMware Tools.

Respond to the questions that appear on the screen. Press Enter to accept the default values if appropriate for your configuration.


Exit from the root account by issuing the exit command.

Verify the status of VMware Tools by checking the VMware Tools label on the virtual machine Summary tab. OK should appear in the VMware Tools label.