You can upgrade VMware Tools on multiple virtual machines by using menu items or a command line interface.

If you use a command-line interface to upgrade VMware Tools, verify that you have the command-line options for your operating system handy. Command-line options for Linux are documented in the Linux Installer for Linux Tools. Command-line options for Windows are documented in the MSI for Windows Tools and at the following Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Installer .

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You can also manually upgrade VMware Tools from within the virtual machine’s operating system by opening the VMware Tools Properties dialog box (double-click the icon in the system tray) and clicking Upgrade in the Options tab.

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Start the vSphere client and log in to vCenter Server.

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Select the Inventory > Hosts and Clusters view.

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Select the host or cluster that contains the virtual machines you want to upgrade.

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Click the Virtual Machines tab.

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Select the virtual machines that you want to upgrade and power them on.

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Select an upgrade option.

Option

Description

Use menu items

Right-click the virtual machines to upgrade and select Guest > Install/Upgrade Tools.

Use a command-line interface

Enter the command-line options for your operating system in the Advanced Options field.

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Click OK to mount the installer.

You can track the upgrade progress on the Tasks & Events tab.