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

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.


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.


In the virtual machine console, load the CD-ROM driver so the CD-ROM device mounts the ISO image as a volume.


Select Novell > Utilities > Server Console to open the Netware Server Console, and enter one of the following commands:

In the NetWare 6.5 Server Console, enter: LOAD CDDVD.

In the NetWare 6.0 or NetWare 5.1 Server Console, enter: LOAD CD9660.NSS.


In the Server Console, enter the following command:


Check the VMware Tools label on the virtual machine Summary tab.

The VMware Tools label should say OK.

When the installation finishes, the message VMware Tools for NetWare are now running appears in the Logger Screen (NetWare 6.5 and NetWare 6.0 guests) or the Console Screen (NetWare 5.1 guests).

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

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