Upgrade Notes-03


VMware tools upgrade downtime

OS VMWare Tools VM Hardware Upgrade
Windows Downtime for rebooting VM Downtime for shutdown of VM and Power on of VM
Netware No Downtime Downtime for shutdown of VM and Power on of VM
Solaris No Downtime Downtime for shutdown of VM and Power on of VM
Linux No Downtime Downtime for shutdown of VM and Power on of VM

 

What are steps to upgrade VMware tools and VM hardware upgrade for Windows OS?

  1. Take a VM snapshot (optional and my recommendation)
  2. Power On VM (if not already)
  3. Upgrade VMware tools
  4. Reboot OS
  5. Power off virtual machine
  6. upgrade vm hardware
  7. Power on virtual machine
  8. Windows OS detects new hardware &, request reboot
  9. Reboot OS

How to install VMware tools on Linux guest?

  1. log in to console, select GOS and select Install/upgrade VMware tools
  2. Mount CD-ROM drive e.g. mount dev/cdrom  /mnt/cdrom/
  3. untar or uncompress RPM
  4. tar zxpf /mnt/cdrom/VMwareTools-4.0.0-<xxxxxx>.tar.gz or rpm Uhv VMwareTools-4.0.0-<xxxxxx>.i386.rpm
  5. unmount CDROM e.g. umount /dev/cdrom
  6. cd vmware-tools-distrib and execute ./vmware-install.pl
  7. Answer the prompts and press enter to accept defaults if appropriate for your environment
  8. /etc/init.d/network stop
  9. rmmod vmxnet
  10. modprobe vmnext
  11. /etc/init.d/network start

When you do automatic upgrade of VMware tools, older vmware tools are uninstalled and newer vmware tools are installed automatically. OS is rebooted if required, which is always the case with Windows ;). Automatic upgrade is not supported for netware and solaris OS.

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