Update VMware tools for Performance Cloud VMware virtual machines 

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Summary

VMware tools are used to provide specialized drivers, advanced functionalities, and integrations within the VMware infrastructure. As with any piece of software, it is important to keep it up to date in order to ensure getting the latest bug and security fixes. 

Description

This article describes the steps to update existing virtual machines with the latest VMware tools. It assumes that the Performance Cloud VMware organization and virtual machines are already up and running.

 

You must run the latest version of VMware Tools or use the “open-vm-tools” command distributed with the Linux OS distribution. Although a guest operating system can run without VMware Tools, you must always run the latest version of VMware Tools in your guest operating systems to access the latest features and updates.

 

It is also possible to contact our Cloud Support team so we can enable the feature named “Check and upgrade VMware Tools before each power on” in the back end on each desired virtual machine(s). The next time the virtual machine is powered on, it checks the host for a newer version of VMware Tools. If one is available, it is installed, and the guest operating system is restarted (if required).


However, please be aware that in requesting the VMware tools auto-upgrade feature, Sherweb will not be responsible if the automatic upgrade fails and/or causes functionality issues to the virtual machines for which this feature is enabled. 

Instructions 

** Not mandatory but strongly recommended as a requirement: execute a manual virtual machines backup before the VMware tools upgrade.**


First you will need to mount the VMware tool CD-ROM image (ISO)


    1. Log in to the Performance Cloud VMware portal.


    2. Click on the virtual data center, then go to the Virtual Machines section.



    3. On your virtual machine, click on Actions, then, click on Install VMware tools

 


    4. Then, click on Mount in the new window.



    5. Repeat for all your virtual machine(s)

 

Then you will need to log in your virtual machine and proceed with the update.


    1. On your virtual machine, click on Actions, then, click on Launch Web Console and log in to your virtual machine.


    2. Open the Windows explorer and open the new mounted DVD drive.

 

    3. For a 32 Bits Windows Operating system, run setup.exe

        For a 64 Bits Windows Operating system, run setup64.exe


        For Linux or other Guest operating system, please refer to the VMware documentation:

        https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/1014294

 

 

    4. Follow the VMware tools setup steps.



 


 

5. Eject the mounted DVD drive


6. Repeat for all virtual machine(s)