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.

You must have the following items before you perform an automatic upgrade:

Back up your virtual machines to prevent data loss. See the Virtual Machine Administration Guide.

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.


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.



Microsoft Windows Guest Operating Systems

Enter /s /v "/qn" /l "Microsoft_Windows_location\filename.log" to perform a silent upgrade of VMware Tools and create a log file in the specified location on the guest operating system.

Linux Guest Operating Systems

Enter --default to perform the default behavior. Perform a silent upgrade of VMware Tools. Install tools bin, lib and doc files in the default /usr directory.

Enter --prefix=binary_location,lib_location,doc_location to perform a silent upgrade of VMware Tools and install the binary, library, and document files in the specified locations.


Click OK.


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

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

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