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Installing VMware Tools (On Premise)

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VMware tools enhance VM capabilities allowing, among other things, guest OS boot and halt and quiesced backup.


Warning: VMware tools can only be installed on VMware hypervisors

You first need to mount CD ROM with VMware tools ISO:

  • Click on the Inventory tab

  • Select Virtual Machine

  • Select Guest

  • Install/Upgrade VMware Tools


VMware tools can then be [un]installed using redbooth-tools after ssh-ing into the Private Cloud virtual machine as rbuser.

Once logged in, at the rbuser prompt enter redbooth-tools install-vmware-tools.


You will need to interact with the script. Please select the default options that you will be presented, i.e. just press enter when script stops and asks a question.


Once the script finishes, your VMware hypervisor client will show that VMware tools are installed and running in the Private Cloud appliance.


  • VMware tools script compiles modules into the VM kernel, so it is very important you back up the Private Cloud instance before [un]installing VMware tools.

  • Old versions of vmware tools scripts are not 100% compatible with the Private Cloud kernel and can lead to problems while trying to compile an old vmsync module. Please either disallow compilation of the vmsync module while interacting with the script, or update your VMware hypervisor.

To update your hypervisor, refer to official VMware documentation. For the case of updating VMware Vsphere 5.1 to update 2, you can test the update using esxcli, downloading the update zip file.
esxcli update

If no errors are produced, rerun removing the –dry-run flag.