Manual Download of VMware Tools. Here is the url you need to know, in case you want to download VMware tools manually. VMware tools differs 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 ESX. 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 differs 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 the 5.1 in the list, which should be released anytime soon.