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.

For Windows 2000 and above, VMware Tools installs the VmUpgradeHelper tool to restore the network configuration.


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.

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.


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 take effect.

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.