Manual Download of VMware Tools. Here is the URL you need to know, in case you want to download VMware tools manually. VMware tools differ for each specific OS. You can if you want to store all those VM tools packages on your network share for later usage.
In this remote location, you'll find the VMware tools for all versions of ESXi. You can check and Manually Download VMware Tools there.
You'll end up with ISO packages which can be mounted/extracted or stored locally to suits your needs.
VMware tools differ in size. For example, the ISO package of VMware tools for Windows 2003 standard is about 45Mb. You can present and mount this ISO to the VM where you need to install this package.
You install the tools directly by executing the setup.exe inside the Virtual machine. You don't need to be connected to the console.
By installing the latest version of VMware tools, you enhance several features and functionalities of the VM, like improved video performance, mouse, and keyboard sync.
When you don't have VM tools installed at all, the performance of the VM is not optimal and you mouse gets stuck inside. The way out is through Alt + TAB keystroke…
This multiple packages of VMware tools are necessary because VMware supports many guest operating systems. Many more than the competition…
Soon there you should see perhaps the .NEXT release in the list, which should be released anytime soon.
Update: VMware has released an independent package VMware Tools 10.3.0. Since several releases, VMware tools are released independently from ESXi hypervisor images.
VMware Tools are important to vSphere infrastructure as they are tightly integrated and part of vSphere environment. VMware Tools enhance the performance of virtual machines and adds functionalities like host time synchronization for example. They also allow quiesced snapshots used for snapshots or by your backup software to do backups or replication.
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