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.

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.

1

Start the vSphere Client or vSphere Web Client and log in to the vCenter Server.

2

Power off the virtual machine.

3

Right-click the virtual machine and select the menu command to edit the virtual machine settings.

VMware Product

Menu Command

vSphere Client

Edit Settings

vSphere Web Client

Configuration > Edit Settings

4

On the Options tab (vSphere Client) or the VM Options tab (vSphere Web Client), select VMware Tools.

5

In the Advanced pane, select the menu command to upgrade VMware Tools automatially.

VMware Product

Menu Command

vSphere Client

Check and upgrade Tools during power cycling

vSphere Web Client

Check and upgrade VMware Tools before each power on

6

Click OK.

The next time you power on the virtual machine, it checks the ESXi host for a newer version of VMware Tools. On Linux guests, if a newer version is available, it is installed and the guest operating system is restarted (if required). On Windows guests, if a newer version is available, it is installed the next time you shut down or restart the virtual machine.

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

Upgrade the virtual machine hardware to version 8.