Upgrade VMware Tools to the latest version to enhance the performance of the virtual machine's guest operating system and improve virtual machine management.

The following items are prerequisites for completing this procedure:

Back up your virtual machines to prevent data loss. See Basic System Administration.

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.


This procedure requires the RPM installer. The RPM installer is not available for ESXi hosts. Only the tar installer is available for ESXi hosts. For ESXi hosts, see Perform an Interactive Upgrade of VMware Tools on a Linux Guest with the Tar Installer.


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.


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


Select Interactive Tools Upgrade and click OK.

The upgrade process starts by mounting the VMware Tools bundle on the guest operating system.


Start the installer.

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.


In the Completed System Preparationdialog box, click Continue.

When the installer is finished, VMware Tools is installed. No confirmation or finish button appears.


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


Answer the prompts and press Enter to accept the default values if appropriate for your configuration and follow the instructions at the end of the script.


For Linux guest operating systems, execute the following commands to restore the network:

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

Use the exit command to exit from the root account.

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

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