Here we will see how to download the VMware tools manually from VMware website. In most of the organization ,there will be a dedicated VMware support team and where the guest operating will be managed by windows or Linux/Solaris team according the operating system model.In these kind of support model, you need VMware team help to attach the VMware tools ISO on the guest operating system to install the VMware tools. VMware tools is very important element to work guest operating systems properly without any performance issue.
VMware Offers to download the Guest operating system’s VMware tools on portal http://packages.vmware.com/tools/esx/
Here i would like to share some of the screen to select the correct VMware guest tools for specific ESXi version.
1.Open the http://packages.vmware.com/tools/esx/ browser and select the appropriate ESXi version. Just scroll down and select if you are using ESXi 5.5 update 1.
2.Here you have all the ESXi 5.5 update 1 supported guest operating systems directory.Here i have just highlighted redhat Linux supported version on VMware ESXi 5.5 u1.Select the Guest opeating system type and version here.
3.Navigate to the Guest operating system architecture. If it is 64 bit operating system, then select X86_64 and 32-bit operating system choose i386 or x86.
4.You can get the repodata file for redhat Linux since its support YUM.For windows ,you will get single EXE file.
You can download the files and install the VMtools in few minutes. VMware recommended to keep the VMware tools update to date to avoid VM crash.
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