When you start an automatic upgrade of VMware Tools, you do not need to perform any operations in the guest operating system that is running on the virtual machine. The automatic upgrade uninstalls the previous version of VMware Tools, installs the latest version that is available for your ESX/ESXi host, and if necessary, reboots the virtual machine.

Automatic VMware Tools upgrade is not supported for virtual machines with Solaris or Netware guest operating systems.

Make sure that you have the following items before you perform an automatic upgrade.

A backup of your virtual machines to prevent data loss (see Basic System Administration)

A supported guest operating system installed on the virtual machine

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.


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.


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

Wait until the guest operating system starts.


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

If the guest operating system has an out-of-date version of VMware Tools, the Install/Upgrade Tools dialog box appears.


Select Automatic Tools Upgrade.


(Optional) For Microsoft Windows guest operating systems only, specify a location for the log file by entering values in the Advanced Options field.

For example, /s /v "/qn" /l "<Microsoft Windows_location\filename.log>" performs a silent upgrade of VMware Tools and creates a log file in the specified location on the guest operating system.


(Optional) For Linux guest operating systems only, you can enter values in the Advanced Options field.




Same as the default behavior. Performs a silent upgrade of VMware Tools. Installs tools bin, lib and doc files in the default /usr directory.


Performs a silent upgrade of VMware Tools and installs the binary, library, and document files in the specified locations.


Click OK.


For Linux guest operating systems, run the following commands to restore the network.

/etc/init.d/network stop
rmmod vmxnet
modprobe vmxnet
/etc/init.d/network start

The VMware Tools label on the Summary tab changes to OK.

(Recommended) Upgrade the virtual machine hardware to version 7.