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Vmware tools is a package one can install in guest operating systems that run on a VMware host.

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Is there a way to automatically install vmware tools on new Windows server VMs upon VM Creation in vCenter7?

We are running vCenter7 to manage our virtual machine infrastructure, i am trying to set up backup verification with nakivos screenshot verification feature, however when the flash VM boot job ...
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vmware workstation 16 cannot drag and drop or see shared folders w centos8 guest

I just installed VMWare Workstation 16.1 on my Windows 10 desktop and build a CentOS 8 guest. Guest has the latest VMWare Tools installed via yum (open-vm-tools and open-vm-tools-desktop 11.1.0.2). I ...
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ESXI: Get machine name from the virtual (within the) machine itself?

I looked and looked but probably overlooked . I have a vsphere cloud with over 300 virtual machines. Each machine name as it appears in the vsphere client is actually the hostname of each machine (I ...
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Silent unattended uninstall switches for vmtools?

Looking for the NON-MSIEXEC totally silent uninstall switches for vmtools. I know the silent install is VMware-tools--x86_64.exe /s /v /qn I just need the uninstall, I feel like it would be similar ...
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Installing a package using SCCM fails with error 0x87D00324(-2016410844) but package is not installed

VMWare Tools are usually installed through SCCM and now the newer version will not be installed through SCCM on all machines. So for some I do have the following failure. The error code semes to be ...
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vCenter Server crashed after improper removal of VMware tools on a client

We administer a small business network (3 Dell servers and about 20 Windows workstations). The installation is mostly Microsoft based Active Directory, Windows Servers, WSUS, etc. All machines and ...
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VMware: any way to take snapshot from client os?

I am running ESXI 6 with a Linux VM. VMWare tools are installed on the client os. Is there any way to trigger a snapshot from within the client os? Without accessing the host directly?
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VMware Snapshot failing

We are using VMware ESXi 6.0.0 and are having trouble snapshotting some of the VMs with more than one disk in different datastores. The error we are seeing in the VM logs is as follows: 2017-08-...
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VMWare Virtual Machines Black Console/APIPA

We seem to have some strange issues in our environment and haven't had great luck finding a root cause to the issue. So the problem typically lies when we upgrade systems (sometimes this happens ...
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vmware tools not compatible with teamcity plugin when installed on mac os

Trying to setup the teamcity vmware plugin and using it to launch a mac os agent, I get this error in the agent log file - [2017-05-09 15:59:55,356] INFO - .vmware.VMWarePropertiesReader - Unable to ...
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OpenSuse Leap 42.2 Guest on VMWare Player -> VMware Tools Not working after Restart

I installed openSUSE-Leap-42.2-DVD-x86_64.iso as a guest OS on VMware® Workstation 12 Player 12.5.5 on my Win7 Host System. uname -r -> 4.4.27-2-default I just clicked "next" on every setup step (...
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Is it worth it to install VMWare Tools on a non-graphical Linux guest (Red Hat 7 hosting an Oracle server) [duplicate]

This came up because I was not able to activate the time synchronization function from the VCD. Most of what I've seen that discussed the benefits of installing VMWare tools looks like it applies to ...
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EL 7.2 failing to run customization with open-vm-tools 9.10

Has anyone succeeded in running guest customizations with EL (RHEL or CentOS) 7.2 guests? The system is VMware vCloud Director 5.6.5 and VMware ESXi 5.5. v7.2 comes with open-vm-tools 9.10.2, which ...
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How to correctly set up VMware tools on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS?

I am currently setting up a new Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on VMware 5.5. I wantet to install the VMware tools (the TAR package that you can mount as CD-ROM). But, when running the script, the machine told me ...
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RHEL6.1 VM machines frozen when a quiesced snapshot is created for backup purpose

My RHEL 6.1 virtual machines running on ESXi hosts 5.1.0 get frozen when the backup procedure tries to get a quiesced snapshot. I have to reset the virtual machines from VMware console. The tool used ...
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Can I retrieve the vCenter VM name from within the guest VM itself?

We're building an environment in which VMs are automatically deployed. We need the VM its hostname to be identical to the VM name in vSphere (which is randomly being created). Is there a way to ...
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VMware Tools - at closing Console session in VIClient it lock screen on my Windows 7 box

This is a vSphere 5.1. Windows 7 non-domain. All necessarily settings in guest Windows were changed to disable any auto-lock functionality. However, when I close VIClient (vSphere native client) ...
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VMware tools warning: Couldn't restart RpcOut channel

I have a recently converted a 2008R2 RDS server to a VM. I'm getting the following error in the Application event logs: [ warning] [vmusr:vmusr] Couldn't restart RpcOut channel; bad things may ...
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Setting VMware vSphere VMs to automatically upgrade VMware tools

We are currently on VSphere 5.1 across the board globally with around 450 Windows server VMs. We have an issue where we have various VMs throughout the organization that end up having expired VMware ...
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Linux VMWare Tools build for running kernel or latest installed kernel?

I haven't been able to find any information regarding when building VMWare Tools on Linux whether it builds against the currently running kernel or the latest installed kernel. To clarify (hopefully):...
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VMWare Tools. How often to update and how to handle it?

We have about 8 ESXi Servers (5.5) and about 100 VMs. I always try to keep the ESXi Servers up to date with the vmware patches. This seems to work more or less well for me. Sometimes i need some weeks ...
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A VM on VMware goes back on time on reboot

This is strange, I had cloned a base build VM and had it running for 3 days, starting from October 6th. Due to a maintenance issue, had to reboot the server and found it had everything lost. No ...
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Why might VMWare Tools downgrade after upgrade?

Running vSphere Client 5.5 and attempting to upgrade linux VMs that were on the older VMWare tools version. All linux VMs are RedHat v5.0. I go through the VMWare automatic install process and ...
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Find out ESXi host from VM? [duplicate]

I have a monitor that is running on all guests, Windows and Linux. I'd like to send back the Parent host of the guest with this monitor, How can I found out the VM host from within a ESXi VM? Ideally ...
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VMware Tools are installed but inactive. Scientific Linux 6.4, ESXi 5.1.0, vCenter 5.1.0

Basic information: VM OS is Scientific Linux 6.4 x86_64, installed as minimal, with network-support and access to EPEL repository. Hypervisor is ESXI 5.1.0, build-1065491. I don't have the rights ...
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ESXi 5.5 missing VMware Tools ISOs

The VMware Tools ISO's in my new ESXi 5.5 installation are missing. Where can I download them from?
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VMWare tools not installing with an error

VMWare tools not installing on Ubuntu 12.04. I'm using Chef to manage the installation, but the Apt commands fail if run manually. I'm using the VMWare tool Debian repo. Example: $ cat /etc/apt/...
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Is it a bad idea to install the VMware Tools 5.1 latest on RHEL guests running on VMware ESXI 4.1?

We are planning to install a VMware Tools RPM package on 50+ virtual machines running RHEL. Does the version of VMware Tools matter? The standard documented method to install VMware Tools is using ...
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Why not use vmware tools for time synchronisation?

We have two VMWare environments running a bunch of (mainly) Redhat 5.9 and 6.4 guests. We are having issues with time drift (minutes ahead per week). We use ntp, syncing to the local domain controller....
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How do I make sure VMware Tools is installed and running?

[root@tst-01 ~]# rpm -qa |grep vmware vmware-tools-libraries-nox-8.6.0-2.x86_64 vmware-tools-foundation-8.6.0-4.x86_64 vmware-tools-libraries-x-8.6.0-2.x86_64 [root@tst-01 ~]# ps aux |grep vmware root ...
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install vmware tools in zeroshell 2.0

Situation I'm using the 2.0 RC2 iso from http://www.zeroshell.org in a VMware ESXi 5.1 virtual machine and am trying to adapt the instructions on HowTo: vmware-tools in ZeroShell for v2.0 as the file ...
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htop lying about vmware-tools memory consumption

I am experiencing a problem where htop (top too) is incorrectly reporting the memory consumption of a process, in this case the vmware-tools service (highlighted below). I am colorblind and thought I ...
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Can't install kernel-uek-headers for currently running kernel

I have just created a VM in VMWare and installed a minimal install of Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.3. # cat /etc/oracle-release Oracle Linux Server release 6.3 It is running with the UEK kernel. # ...
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Convert EC2 instance to VMware workstation

How can I export one windows instance (with active directory, SQL, SharePoint) from amazon (EC2) to my local environment, and be able run it on a local VMware workstation? I have used the VMware ...
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vmware esx, report error from guest to the hypervisor

I have a windows 2003 server running under vmware esx. For weird reasons, outside of our control, sometimes the guest tcp/ip stack stops working. So, for example, remote desktop connections don't ...
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Mouse and video integration with VMware Tools doesn't work on cloned VMs

When I clone a virtual machine from a template that already has Tools installed the mouse integration and better resolution of the console don't work. vCenter recognizes that Tools is installed. Why ...
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How to install VMware tools for Ubuntu 11.04 hosted on VMware ESXi?

I'm running Vmware ESX 4.1 and I have a development VM that I recently upgraded from Ubuntu 10.04 to 11.04. Then I tried to re-install VMware Tools and some of the modules gave me an error and would ...
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Installing open-vm-tools in Ubuntu via Puppet; what's the lesser evil?

In an ideal world, configuring puppet to install the open-vm-tools should be as simple as this: class vm-tools { package { 'open-vm-tools': ensure => installed } package { '...
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Get vmxnet3 working on Solaris 11 Express and Vmware ESX 4.0

I've installed Solaris 11 express VM and installed tools over it. ESX reports VMware Tools: OK but I can't see vmxnet3 adapter in "ifconfig -a". Ideas?
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Should VMware Tools always be installed in headless Linux guests?

We have a deployment with what I would call an Enterprise Cloud Provider. It's VMWare Infrastructure 3.5.x and includes VMotion / VMWare HA instances, etc. At Provider 1 VMWare Tools was installed: ...
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Linux with Oracle's Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel on VMware?

I have a basic question and I want to make sure I have good understanding I want to prepare a system to be used for Oracle Database (Development) if I want to run (Oracle, CentOS, RedHat) Linux on ...
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Find out if the OS is running in a virtual environment

Is there any way to find out if the linux i'm running (actually installing) is running in a VMWare machine. I need to disable ntp settings if the automated install is done on a virtual machine but ...
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VMWare tools on Ubuntu Server 10.10 kernel source problem

After install and running the vm-ware config, the config needs my kernel headers to compile some modules, ok, so I'll give it them, but it just won't work. It asks for the path of the directory of C ...
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Determining the name of the VMware host of a VM guest - from the guest

Is it possible to determine the name of the VMware host (ESX or ESXi) that my guest resides in, from within the guest itself? I would expect this to be possible via VMware Tools, but am not sure ...
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FreeNas running on ESXi - sometimes gets very slugish

I have a ESXi server (dual quad core, 8GB of DDR3 ram, 6x 1TB WD Blacks running in RAid 5 on the PErc 6/i controller. I have a 64bit freenas VM running, on this VM I keep about 200Gigs of stuff that ...
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Where should custom vmware-tools scripts go

I have installed the VMWare Tools into a test Ubuntu guest, and it's created the standard scripts as expected: poweroff-vm-default poweron-vm-default resume-vm-default suspend-vm-default I add some ...
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Getting metadata from within VMWare Guest OS

Is there a way to get metadata (i.e. VM Name, Annotations, etc.) from within the Guest OS? I'm using a Ubuntu JeOS template and want to run a script on startup which configures new VMs according to ...
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Where can I download VMWare Tools for 1.x?

Please can you show me where I can download the latest Version of VMWare Tools for the following Client: Server is Windows 2003 32 bit with VMWare Server 1.x (Yes, I know 1.x is old. We will upgrade ...
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VMware Tools in Ubuntu guest on VMware Server 2 do not build

When trying to build the VMware tools in my Ubuntu 9.10 64 bit guest on a VMware Server 2.0.2 host with Debian 5 I'm getting strange errors like: Building the vmmemctl module. Using 2.6.x kernel ...
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Performance monitoring from guest OS

I was wondering if there is any tools that can be used inside of a VM and is aware of working in virtualized environment. It can be little misleading using Linux top tool without regarding limits of ...
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