VMWare Tools are required for Virtual Hosts

VMWare Tools

All VMware virtual hosts are required to have the VMWare Tools drivers installed.  The VMWare Tools provide optimized network, storage, and video drivers that will greatly improve performance for your virtual machine and allow the server to allocate cpu and memory resources to it more reliably.

VMWare Tools are available for both Windows and Linux hosts.  You'll need to connect to the management server using either the web browser or the Vsphere client to install them.


If you're using the Vsphere Windows client:

Connect to the server using the VMWare Windows client. Log in using your Gatorlink userid and password.

Highlight your virtual machine in the list.

Click on Inventory, then click Virtual Machine, then Guest and choose Install/Upgrade VMWare Tools.

Log in to your virtual machine either via the console or RDP/ssh to continue the installation process (more on that below).


Using the Web Browser (vSphere 5 hosts only)

Point your web browser to the vSphere management server https://cns-esx5mgt.ad.ufl.edu/  and log in using your Gatorlink userid and password.

Expand Datacenters and click on your virtual server to highlight it.

On the right side of the screen (on the default Summary tab), there's a link called "Install VMWare Tools".

Click on this, then use the console or RDP/ssh to your host to continue the installation process.


Using either access method

The VMWare Tools package mounts to the host as a virtual cd/dvd image.  If you already have the cd/dvd drive mounted using an .iso image or physical drive, you will be prompted to allow the host to replace that mount with one to the VMWare tools image.


Once mounted, Windows hosts should autorun and launch the installer .exe package. If you have autorun disabled, you can open the drive and run the setup.exe package directly.  Please note that Windows hosts require rebooting after installing the VMWare Tools package to put the low level drivers into place.


Linux/Unix users will find the installer available in two forms: am .rpm based package and .tar.gz package. Additional information about how to install these tools on Linux hosts can be found here:



Unmounting the VMWare Tools virtual cd image

The .iso for the Vmware Tools will stay mounted in your virtual cd drive until you tell it to go away. Go back into the VMWare management client or the web browser management client to the same location and choose "End VMWare Tools Installation" to dismount the volume and free up the virtual cd drive.


Periodic Tools Updates

The tools will eventually go out of date as VMWare patches are applied to the servers. VMWare releases new tool drivers periodically to fix bugs and make them more efficient too.

You can see if an upgrade  is available for the VMWare Tools by looking on the Summary screen in the management client (either Windows client or web browser client) of your choice. The VMWare Tools section will state either "OK" if the tools are up to date or "Out of Date" if a significant upgrade exists.