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Install or Update VMware Tools

Install or Update VMware Tools

VMware Tools is a suite of utilities that enhances the performance of the virtual machine's guest operating system and improves management of the virtual machine. Without VMware Tools installed in your guest operating system, guest performance lacks important functionality. Installing VMware Tools eliminates or improves the following issues:

  • Low video resolution.
  • Inadequate color depth.
  • Incorrect display of network speed.
  • Restricted movement of the mouse.
  • Inability to copy and paste and drag-and-drop files.
  • Missing sound.

To install or update VMware Tools, mount the VMware Tools CD from Infinicenter Console and then connect to the guest operating system to install or update the tools.

Note: The sever must be powered on before you can mount the VMware Tools CD and install or update VMware Tools.

Mount VMware Tools CD

  1. Select the desired virtual machine with VMware Tools not installed or out-of-date.
  2. Expand the Selected pane.
  3. Click Mount.
  4. The Successful dialog appears.

  5. Click Close.

Install VMware Tools

Note: This procedure is for a Windows-based virtual machine. In a Linux®-based virtual machine with a GUI installed, the process is similar. For a Linux-based virtual machine that has only a CLI, the installation or upgrade is manual. To manually install from a Linux CLI, see How do I Install VMware Tools in Linux using the VMware Tools ISO?

  1. Select the virtual machine on which you just mounted the VMware Tools CD.
  2. Click Connect.
  3. The console window appears.

  4. Click the CD drive in which VMware Tools is installed or run \Setup.exe from that CD drive.
  5. The VMware Tools installation wizard appears.

  6. Click Next to begin the installation.
  7. Respond to the requests of the installer.
  8. The VMware Tools installation wizard completes.

  9. Click Finish.
  10. The VMware Tools automatically unmounts the installation CD.

Unmount VMware Tools CD

The VMware Tools installer should unmount the installation CD at the conclusion of the installation. If for any reason this does not occur or if you change your mind before installing, VMware Tools CD can be unmounted from the virtual machine.

  1. Select the virtual machine on which you just mounted the VMware Tools CD.
  2. Expand the Selected pane.
  3. Click Unmount.
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