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Managing VMware Tools with PowerCLI

All virtualization platforms have some type of client package of tools that is used for communications between the virtual machine and the hypervisor or otherwise managing the virtual machine guest. Often if the version of client tools is behind what the ...
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Installing VMware Tools in Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon (Petra) - YouTube 3:24

Step-by-Step Install VMware Tools in Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon (Petra)

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Howto Install VMware tools on a virtual ESXi

Running an ESXi as Virtual Machine inside VMware Worksation or on another ESXi gets more and more useful for testing purposes. That installation, also called “Nested ESXi”, is not officially supported by VMware but some VMware developers are willing to he ...
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Getting the VMware Tools icon back on the taskbar (136)

I removed the VMware Tools icon from the system tray in a Windows guest operating system. How can I make it appear again?

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How do I Correlate VMware Tools Version Numbers to a Corresponding ESX/ESXi Version?

A while back I posted a blog to answer the question “do I have to upgrade VMware Tools following an ESXi host upgrade?”.  In that post I showed how you can use the VMware Product Interoperability Matrix to list the supported tools versions for a ...
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Using VMware Tools drivers on Windows PE (Preinstallation) (1011710)

Even though VMware Tools does not support the Windows Preinstallation environment, you can take advantage of specific VMware Tools drivers, such as vmxnet2 (enhanced), vmxnet3, and pvscsi by creating a customized ISO.

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Multi-Hypervisor Management and VM Conversion – Time to stop kicking the tyres?

IMPORTANT: In the process of writing this article, I discovered that VMware MHM 1.1 is incompatible with Windows Hyper-V R2 2012. The issue seems to originate from the fact that the namespace through which the management objects of Hyper-V are access ...
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VMware tools shrink option on ESX hosted virtual machines (10185)

The Prepare to Shrink option in VMware Tools prepares a virtual disk for exporting to VMware hosted products (such as VMware Workstation and VMware Server) by using the smallest possible disk files. The Shrink operation zeros previously-used sections of t ...
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VMware Tools 5.1 upgrade may restart your Windows VM

One of the new features of vSphere 5.1 was upgrade procedure of the VMware Tools on Windows VMs: when you upgrade them the first time to version 5.1 (the right version number it’s 9.x), other upgrade will not require any reboot of your Windows system. Fo ...
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Update VMware Tools Automatically using PowerCLI

Oh, VMware released a critical patch or new vSphere version, you need to upgrade your environment. Your environment is upgraded but VMware recommended that keep VMware Tools updated on your virtual machines, so you have to update. How do you update VMware ...
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VMTools on Fedora19

So. You decided that you'd rather use VMware's VMTools package on your Fedora19 VMs than the open-vm-tools package that's installed by default? No worries. Here's how to load VMTools on Fedora19.

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Installing VMware Tools from VMware’s Repository

Surprisingly, not many vSphere administrators I talk to are aware that VMware provides an online repository for use when installing VMware Tools on Linux (there are also links to the latest downloads for Windows on the repo site).  The online reposit ...
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Removing modules for VMware Tools during unattended install or upgrade (2000399)

This article provides unattended installation and upgrade of VMware Tools with selected modules removed.

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Installing and upgrading vCenter Converter in VMware Workstation 8.x and 9.x (2005642)

VMware Workstation 8.x and 9.x rely upon vCenter Converter Standalone in order to virtualize a physical machine. Although Converter is bundled with Workstation, the two products are installed independently from one another. As a result ...
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vSphere 5.1 VMware Tools Upgrade on XenDesktop Streamed VM (PVS 6.1) - Part II

First off, sorry for the delay folks. I have been getting a ton of positive feedback on part 1 and to be honest I just have not had time to blog like I used to. I am doing my best to make sure that I am more diligent about it from here on out, but I need ...
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open-vm-tools installation on Fedora 17, 18, and 19

Most people end up at the #eager0 looking for help installing VMTools on various Linux distros and releases. My posts about Fedora 17 and Fedora 18 sit at the top of my most viewed posts list (that is until VMware's Facebook page gave me some love, and my ...
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Using VMware Converter to convert Microsoft Cluster (MSCS) nodes to virtual machines (1002661)

This article describes the procedure of converting Microsoft Cluster (MSCS) nodes to a set of virtual machines with VMware Converter.

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