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vmware tools upgrade

Posted on 2013-11-28
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Hello,

I am currently working on some settings to ease my upgrade of VM's after upgrading vSphere.

I have seen, but never used the "Check and upgrade Tools during power cycling" on virtual machines in production. Any concerns or tips here other than that you don't get a snapshot / rollback possibility while using this option?

This will surely help me as windows operating systems will be rebooted during maintenance windows and therefore also upgraded to newest vmware tools available.

How do you do this in your environments without sitting night after night remediating batches of VM's? 150-400 VM's. Linux will still be done manually or through update manager due to RHEL.

I see this as something good for me, unless you have seen any downside with using this option.

Looking forward to hearing from you, thank :)
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Alright, thanks. But have you tried having this setting enabled yourself? I am more concerned how to enviroment will handle this rather than setting the variable.

Have you encountered anything with the operation of the enviroment, possible issues and reasons not to use this setting?
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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To be honest, we have never been fans of automating VMware Tools upgrades, especially VMware Tools upgrades on Linux VMs, which often break.

We like to schedule this work, alongside manually updating VMs with updates and security patches. (yes, and we appreciate its' alot of work!)
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I work for an hosting provider and we have this settings across the board, we used it when we upgraded from 5 to 5.1 and couple of VMs failed due to MSI/Registry stuff. for Linux we do them manually.

for 5.5 we are planning to do orchestration around it because we had to do some manual work to check the correct updates
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