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Verifying a VMware Tools build version (1003947)

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This article provides steps to determine the version of VMware Tools installed on a virtual machine and to check if the installed version corresponds to the version on the ESXi/ESX host.


To determine the VMware Tool version:
  • Windows:  
    • From the Console or an remote desktop session, open VMware Tools from the Task Bar and click About
    • From the directory located at C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\, run the command: 

      VMwareToolboxCmd.exe -v
  •  Linux:
    • From the Console, run the vmware-toolbox command from terminal and click About.
    • To determine the vmware-tools version, run the command:

      vmware-toolbox-cmd -v
To compare the versions of the host build level is required. Fore more information, see Determining the build number of VMware ESX/ESXi and VMware vCenter Server (1022196).

If the VMware Tools version installed is a lower build number than the corresponding ESXi/ESX host build number then upgrade the VMware Tools to the latest version. For more information, see the Documentation Center.
Note: The Tools version can also be accessed from the ESXi/ESX command line by running the command:
grep toolbox /vmfs/volumes/datastore/vm_name/vmware.log
 An alternative command to verify the tools version on an ESX/ESXi host is:
grep build- /vmfs/volumes/datastore/vm_name/vmware.log



See Also

Update History

04/01/2013 - Added vCenter Server 5.1.x

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