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VMware Update Manager fails with error Failed to install VMware Update Manager guest agent (1011689)

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You may experience there symptoms:

  • Cannot scan for updates
  • When scanning virtual machines for updates you see the error:

    Failed to install VMware Update Manager guest agent

  • Restarting the services on the VirtualCenter server does not help


This issue occurs because the data flow from the virtual machine to the datastore is limited. Specifically, the value is set to true.
To resolve the issue, set the value to false in the <virtual machines>.vmx configuration file. This allows Update Manager to scan for security updates and patches successfully.
For more information on setting this value, see

See Also

Update History

10/26/2011 - Added location for the valuse that is asked to be changed under resolution.

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