You can configure a virtual machine to check for and apply VMware Tools upgrades each time you power on the virtual machine.

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

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

Virtual machines must have a version of VMware Tools shipped with ESX 3.0.1 or later installed.

Virtual machines must be hosted on an ESX 3.0.1 or later, and VirtualCenter must be version 2.0.1 or later.

Virtual machines must be running a Linux or Microsoft Windows guest operating system that is supported by ESX 3.0.1 or later and VirtualCenter 2.0.1 or later.


Power off the virtual machine.


Right-click the virtual machine and select Edit Settings.


On the Options tab, select VMware Tools.


In the Advanced pane, select Check and upgrade Tools before each power-on and click OK.

The next time you power on the virtual machine, it checks the ESX/ESXi host for a newer version of VMware Tools. If a newer version is available, it is installed and the guest operating system is restarted (if required).

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

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