The interactive installation will mount an iso containing the VMware-Tools installed in the CD/DVD drive of your VM and allow you to run the installer yourself, but will still require a reboot.
If you are running an RPM-based Linux distribution, such as Red Hat, updating VMware-Tools on your VM should be quick and easy.
Although the version check is performed when you power on the virtual machine, on Windows guest operating systems, the automatic upgrade occurs when you power off or restart the virtual machine.
The status bar displays the message When you upgrade VMware Tools on Linux guest operating systems, new network modules are available but are not used until you either reboot the guest operating system or stop networking, unload and re-load the VMware networking kernel modules, and then restart networking.
and that VMware is now shipping VMware tools outside of the v Sphere releases. Since we are restarting the VMTools service, this command will come back with an error, however if you check the windows logs you’ll see the command functions properly and this error is only because the Tools connection is being reset during the command execution (this is normal when running the restart-service VMTools command) By default, ESXi includes VMware Tools under the /product Locker folder (which is actually a Symlink to the location on it’s local storage.. When running ‘ls –n’ you will see that product Locker (cyan) just points to /locker/packages/5.5.0 (dark blue meaning the path exists. ‘ls –n /product Locker’ will return only that line and be a little easier on the eyes for those who are not as familiar with unix.
Since then, we have received a lot of feedback from the community, customers, and internal folks alike. Inside of the given folder are two other folders: “floppies” and “vmtools” these contain all necessary ISOs and files to allow VMware tools to be installed and updated on each supported VM on the host.
There have been some recent questions about upgrading to the latest version of VMware Tools in v Sphere 5.1 and the benefits it may bring with future upgrades of VMware Tools.
To update VMware-Tools on your VM automatically simply run the following command as root: This will download and run our vmware-tools-update script. ***NOTE*** this can be tweaked to look for specific VMs or groups of VMs Get-View -View Type Virtual Machine | foreach #you can then disable this and set it back to the default value with this: $Config = New-Object VMware. This is because Invoke-VMScript uses VMtools to invoke the command in the guest. Tools Upgrade Policy = “Upgrade At Power Cycle” # run through each virtual machine. foreach ($vm in $windows) #**Note that I use the –Error Action Silently Continue parameter.Upgrading VMware Tools means installing a new version.For Windows and Linux guest operating systems, you can configure the virtual machine to automatically upgrade VMware Tools.If this notification option is enabled, the VMware Tools icon in the Windows taskbar includes a yellow caution icon when a VMware Tools upgrade is available.