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

Before you install or upgrade VMware Tools on a virtual machine, determine the status of VMware Tools. To do this, 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.

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.


In the virtual machine console, log in as root (su -) and, if necessary, mount the VMware Tools virtual CD-ROM image, as follows.

Usually, the Solaris volume manager mounts the CD-ROM under /cdrom/vmwaretools. If the CD-ROM is not mounted, restart the volume manager using the following commands.

/etc/init.d/volmgt stop
/etc/init.d/volmgt start

After the CD-ROM is mounted, change to a working directory (for example, /tmp) and extract VMware Tools.

cd /tmp
gunzip -c /cdrom/vmwaretools/vmware-solaris-tools.tar.gz | tar xf -

Run the VMware Tools tar installer.

cd vmware-tools-distrib

Respond to the configuration questions on the screen. Press Enter to accept the default values.


Log off of the root account.


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.