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how can you know if vmware tools are installed with out logging into the server? the windows server that is ?

i have a bunch of windows guests that i want to see if vmware tools are installed and do not want to log into each one and see if it is in add remove
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When using the vSphere GUI, if you check the VM Summary, it will state VMware Tools - OK, Running or Blank indicating no tools installed.

 vmware tools installed
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You can also check using VMware Community Power Pack Tools, and PowerCLI.
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From the vShere Client, click on whichever level contains the VMs you want to check, either the datacenter level, or the cluster level, or a single host.

Click on the "Virtual Machines" tab.

Right-click on any column heading to bring up the add/remove columns dialog, then click on "VMware Tools Status" to add that column.

Now you can click on that new column heading to sort.  Possible values are: OK, Not installed, Not running, Out of date

You should also take a look at RVTools (http://www.robware.net/), which has great filtering options when displaying information about dozens/hundreds of VMs.

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VMware Tools Filter in vSphere GUI Client
 VMware Tools filter
VMware Community Pack

 VMware Community Pack
I would also recommend using the following, also VMware recommends the use of PowerCLI, which is PowerShell interface with vSphere-specific additions.

http://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/server/vsphere/automationtools/powercli

One of the simplest PowerCLI examples, and something which is actually extremely useful on its own, is the Get-VM cmdlet. Which lists VMs.

PowerCLI can be a bit overwhelming to use,  But it can be enhanced with a nice toolset and a library of preconfigured scripts to jump-start your mass changes, which is possible with PowerGUI

http://powergui.org/index.jspa

and

VMware Community Pack

http://www.virtu-al.net/featured-scripts/vmware-powerpack/

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The Community Pack is nice, but the vSphere Client "Filter" you mention doesn't appear to be a filter, just sort capability as I described above.

RVTools has an actual filter where you can restrict the listing by one or more of the following: datacenter, cluster, host, powerstate (on/off/suspended), VM/template, etc.  See attached image.

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RVTools-filter.png
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