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24 June, 2013

...And after the hosts have been updated...

Hi all,
in my previous post I've shown the VMware Update Manager feature.
Very likely VMware Tools will be out-of-date on all the virtual machines in your environment.

It is very important to bring them up-to-date. Why?
have a look at this KB: Overview of VMware Tools (340)

just to recap, I cite:
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 these 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
VMware Tools includes these components:
  • VMware Tools service
  • VMware device drivers
  • VMware user process
  • VMware Tools control panel

Nothing simpler: just select the VMs (CTRL+select for multiple VM) that you want to bring up-to-date, right click, guest, install/upgrade VMware Tools.

When windows pop-up asking for additional switches fill in the text box with the string

/S /v"qn REBOOT=R"

this will, see KB1018377::
perform a silent, non-GUI with suppressed reboot VMware Tools installation in a Windows guest operating system:

In ESXi 5.0.x and earlier versions, run this command:
/S /v"/qn REBOOT=ReallySuppress

In ESXi 5.1.x, run this command:
/S /v"/qn REBOOT=R"

I've done this after the VMware Update Manager execution and the video shows the results. I've selected only 5 VMs so the video is very short (30 secs.).

Use full screen for better experience!

Again, test it in a non production environment, if you're not sure, but I've no problem, even in production environments.